The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has described the former interim chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, as a “highly principled and incorruptible leader” on his 81st birthday.
The former governor of Lagos State appreciated Akande for his contributions to the party and Nigeria as a whole.
Tinubu in his message to Akande said the APC former chairman stood as a father figure and mentor to young politicians in the South-West.
The National Leader of APC noted that the party owed Akande a debt of gratitude for the leadership demonstrated while managing the party as the interim chairman.
Tinubu in a statement, he released on Wednesday said: “Chief Akande is an unwavering progressive politician.”
“Since he enlisted in the Action Group in the First Republic, professing progressivism and following in the ideals of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he has not looked back.”
“He is one of the few true associates of the late Awolowo and late Chief Bola Ige around today.”
“The APC national leader said that Akande devoted his public life to the ideals and practices that could engender a truly democratic and egalitarian society.”
“Because of his traits as an exemplary leader and mentor, many call him ‘Baba awon omo ke ke ke’, meaning the political father of the younger ones.”
The APC National Leader further stated that Akande has shown that one can be successful in politics by being kind to everyone.
“He has shown that one can be successful in politics by being kind to all and making concern for the common person and for a just society one’s guiding vision.”
“For us in APC, Chief Akande has been a blessing,” he said.
The former governor of Lagos State added that Akande was a founding father of APC and helped to lay a solid foundation for the party.
“He instilled discipline, transparency, and accountability. Under him, internal democracy flourished.”
“Baba is a higher perspective and thoughtful leader.”
“He has proved invaluable in serving humanity and his fatherland.”
“What he gave to his state, to the Yoruba race, he also gave to his country; he gave his best.”
“May he continue to stand forth as an example to young leaders and may his wise counsel and civic virtue help guide and shape this nation.”