President Muhammadu Buhari has described Chief Bisi Akande, the pioneer Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, as “one of the biggest and strongest pillars of democracy in the country.”
In a message, the President sends “best wishes” to the former Governor of Osun State, remarking that Chief Akande “is committed to service of the country and welfare of all citizens.”
According to President Buhari, “The party he helped to form and lead as the pioneer chairman has benefited tremendously, and continues to benefit from his astute leadership, wisdom and strong democratic convictions.”
The President prays for Chief Akande’s good health and longer life so that the elder statesman will continue to be useful to his fatherland and humanity.
Also, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege noted that all the words of adulation being expressed to celebrate Chief Abdukareem Adebisi Bamdele Akande at 82 hardly capture the essence of his purposeful sincerity and patriotic commitment over the years.
In a message of felicitation to mark Chief Akande’s birthday, Senator Omo-Agege described the elder statesman’s 82 years as one characterised by impeccable sincerity of purpose and remarkable patriotism.
The Delta Central lawmaker also recalled Chief Akande’s role as the first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“It is by the effort of a few exemplary Nigerians that APC makes valid claims to firm foundations for populist leadership; it was never an overnight accomplishment.
“Chief Akande’s political choices including his governance of Osun State between 1999 to 2003 and indeed, his life’s journey reflect very firm commitment to high ideals and as he celebrates his 82nd birthday, my family, constituents and I join other Nigerians in wishing him more of good health and positive impacts in the years ahead,” he stated.