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Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has congratulated former Osun State Governor and first interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media, Yinka Oyebode, the Governor expressed that Chief Akande’s enduring legacy as a nationalist, statesman, political leader, democrat, and influencer has significantly contributed to the progress and development of Osun State, the Southwest region, and the nation as a whole.

Governor Oyebanji acknowledged that Chief Akande has emerged as a revered voice within the Nigerian federation during pivotal moments. His influence and honor extend beyond party affiliations, reflecting a shared commitment to a united and indivisible nation.

He pointed out that Chief Akande would forever be celebrated as one of the leading lights of the then fledgling APC which he nurtured alongside other party leaders to become a strong election winning platform transmuted from an opposition party to a ruling party.

They Governor described Chief Akande as an exemplary leader contemporary political office holders and aspiring politicians should emulate for building a good name that has survived the unpredictable terrain of politics in Nigeria.

According to him, Chief Akande is a political legend whose virtues of accountability, transparency and selfless service to humanity should be continued to be celebrated as ingredients of purposeful leadership needed by the masses.

The Governor noted that the celebrant is a study in political fidelity judging by his loyalty to his political leader, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Awoism as an ideology as an instrument of social change.

He said Chief Akande has consistently upheld the ideals of pro-people progressivism and was subsequently rewarded with enviable political positions like Secretary to the State Government and Deputy Governor in old Oyo State and Governor in Osun State.

Governor Oyebanji said the government and the people of Ekiti State identify with Chief Akande on his 85th birthday and would always wish him well for more service to Nigeria in years ahead.

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