Former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday congratulated former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, as he turned 82 years.
Tinubu described the former governor of Osun State as a principled and perspective leader.
He said he would not be where he is at present without the help and support of the octogenarian.
Tinubu, in a tribute through his media office, commended Akande for his “outstanding contributions to democratic governance and to the progressive cause in Nigeria.”
He said: “Characteristic of this selfless man is his enlightened decision not so much to focus on himself this special day but to call each of us to pray for national healing so that Nigeria and Nigerians can overcome harmful consequences visited upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A committed democrat and a prudent yet compassionate leader of men, Chief Akande has done much for this country and for the progressive family.
“In addition to his able stewardship of Osun State, he has been a chief architect of our nation’s progressive political parties.
“In addition to his roles in the AD and ACN, he played a seminal role in the foundation of the APC.
“He is truly to be considered one of the few founding fathers of the APC.
“His deft and diplomatic performance as interim chairman of the APC confirmed that Chief Akande is one of our nation’s leading statesmen.
“Since Baba enlisted in the Action Group in the First Republic to support the progressive ideals of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he has not looked back.
“He stands today even more committed to those vital and necessary ideals.
“Like Chief Awolowo, he has devoted his public life to engendering a truly democratic, just and egalitarian society where all people are given the opportunity to attain a happy and prosperous life and no one is condemned to do without the basic necessities that a modern and compassionate society should afford its citizenry.
“Just as Chief Awolowo did for him, Chief Akande has been a father figure and engaging helpful mentor to younger politicians across the country, particularly in the South-West.
“He is a consummate teacher, tolerant and cosmopolitan in outlook, and an excellent human being, helpful and charitable to all, no matter their station in life.
“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.
“Baba is a highly principled, thoughtful leader. He has been a close friend and advisor through the years. I cannot thank him enough.
“I would not be where I am now without the help and support he has given.
“Many countless other people will affirm that he has had the same positive effect in their lives as he has in mine. Chief Akande personifies the best traits of this nation.