We Can’t Allow APC Wither Away, Akande Rallies Support For Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari discusses with APC chieftains Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu inside the Presidential Villa (file)

 

A former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adebisi Akande, has called on members of the party to support the reconciliation efforts led by former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu to ensure that the party does not “wither away”.

The APC chief made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Tuesday.

“The APC cannot be allowed to wither away because of omissions and commissions. Times like this call for sacrifice and service,” he said.

With the 2019 general elections approaching, there have been increasing conflicts between some key members of the party with a faction emerging in Kaduna State last week.

To ensure that internal conflict do not derail the party during the general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari tasked Tinubu with reconciling members.

Akande believes it is an effort that will benefit the party.

“Times like this calls for sacrifice and service. Of note is the saying that a real man, a hero is known by where it stands in the time of adversity. Bola Tinubu, myself and President Buhari stand together in this effort to save APC from itself,” he said.

“Serving the nation has complex colours which constantly dazzle distant onlookers. The job at hand is not about Buhari. It is not about position sharing. It is not about ethnic nationalism. It is about the strength and the beauty of one’s deeds at one time or the other. It is about our party – the APC – Buhari or no Buhari.”

Since President Buhari swept to power in 2015, there have been talks about whether his alliance with the former Lagos governor would stand the test of time.

But both of them have continued to dispel the rumours, and Akande believes that Tinubu would not do anything to the detriment of the party.

“Tinubu was a major participant in the emergence of APC! He must never be happy seeing it destroyed,” he said.

“Let APC be – no matter who may be lucky using it to gain power, make money, get famous – be such lucky ones born by Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa-Fulani. For as long as APC remains relevant, so long shall Bola Tinubu’s contributions to nation-building be magnified in Nigerian History.”

Akande took a swipe at those defecting from APC, accusing them of merely joining the party to better themselves.

He said, “Those that are problematic or now crossing away from APC were not part of its initial making. They must have joined after wrecking their old parties and after the merger became recognised and approved by INEC with a view to merely using APC as a platform for positions.”

Buhari Meets With Tinubu, Akande

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday held a closed-door meeting with National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Osun state governor and first Interim Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande.

The meeting is being held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This is the second meeting that has been held between the President and the two-party chieftains this year.

 

Akande Blames System Of Government For Herdsmen Attacks

The former interim National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bisi Akande on Tuesday blamed the kind of system of government being operated in the country, responsible for the killings in Benue and Taraba states.

Akande, who spoke in his Ila country home at a media parley, part of activities marking his 79th birthday, said all good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari, would remain “mere dreams” in as much as the expensive and largely unaccountable Presidential System of government is retained.

Akande who admitted to being good friends with Buhari blamed the system of government for the myriads of challenges facing the country.

He recalled his experience as governor of Osun state, when he had to make over 100 decisions that would affect several human lives per day, and yet, the control of key machinery of government to back up his decisions were never within his reach, and suggested a multi-party parliamentary democracy, saying the system would address all the challenges facing the country.

Akande said as a member of Constituent Assembly that drew the 1979 Constitution, he voted for Parliamentary System of government but said many members of the assembly voted in support of Presidential System.

“In Nigeria’s Presidential System of government, lawmakers are elected on party platforms, but as soon as they get to the parliament, the party on which platform they get the opportunity becomes less important.

“All that is important at that level is the collective interest of the members of that parliament. Party’s programmes and manifestoes are no longer important. That has been the major problem facing the country. Let’s dump this corrupt presidential system and go for the more transparent Parliamentary System.

“As a governor in 1999, my administration worked with a parliament that has 26 members all voted in on the platform of my party, despite this, the assembly decided not to support the programmes of the party that gave them an opportunity.

“They served me impeachment notice. On the day the motion was moved, 24 members all from my party voted in support of my removal, one voted against it and the Speaker did not vote.

“I was given 21 days. On the day they sat again on the matter, 13 said no to my impeachment and 12 said I should be removed. The Speaker did not vote. The same party that produced the lawmakers also produced me as governor. I believe, even if an angel is sent to administer this kind of unworkable system, it will fail”, Akande said.

Bisi Akande Calls For Change Of Nigeria’s Constitution

The former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adebisi Akande, says a total change of the country’s constitution is the solution to the problems facing the country.

Akande stated this on Tuesday in his home town, Ila-Orangun in Osun State as he marked his 79th birthday.

He told journalists that no solution proffered to the country’s  problems would work under the current system.

“In Nigeria’s Presidential System of government, lawmakers are elected on party platforms, but as soon as they get to the parliament, the party on which platform they get the opportunity, becomes less important,” he said.

“All that is important at that level is the collective interest of the members of that parliament. Party’s programmes and manifestos are no longer important. That has been the major problem facing the country. Let’s dump this corrupt presidential system and go for the more transparent Parliamentary System.”

Akande experienced the dangers of the current system of government during his time as a governor.

He said, “As a governor in 1999, my administration worked with a parliament that had 26 members all voted in on the platform of my party. Despite this, the assembly decided not to support the programmes of the party that gave them an opportunity.

“They served me impeachment notice. On the day the motion was moved, 24 members all from my party voted in support of my removal, one voted against it and the Speaker did not vote.

“I was given 21 days. On the day they sat again on the matter, 13 said no to my impeachment and 12 said I should be removed. The Speaker did not vote. Same party that produced the lawmakers also produced me as governor. I believe, even if an angel is sent to administer this kind of unworkable system, he will fail.”

While advocating a multi-party parliamentary democracy for Nigeria, the elder statesman said that the current system of government allows for manipulation by those in the positions of authorities.

He believes the President Muhammadu Buhari has faced setbacks as a result of the system.

According to Akande, President Muhammad Buhari is working under a very difficult situation with the unworkable and ineffective system.

To address the security challenges in the country, he called for a decentralised police.

ACF Faults Akande, Others Over Buhari’s Health

The Arewa Consultative Forum has faulted the former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande and other prominent Nigerians for their comments regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

Akande had on Monday raised the alarm over the President’s health and urged Nigerians to pray fervently for his quick recovery.

Also on Monday, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, and some Nigerian activists called on Buhari to proceed on medical leave immediately to enable him to fully recover.

But the ACF said in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammadu Ibrahim, that the comments and call were unnecessary and uncalled for.
The statement read, “Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has observed with concern that some individuals are carelessly making unnecessary remarks pertaining to the health of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“What Nigerians need to do now is to pray for his good health and not to speculate or draw conclusions which will do no one any good.

“ACF advises Nigerians to please pray for the improvement of Mr. President’s health so that he can serve the nation with more vigor.”

On the frosty relationship between the National Assembly and the Presidency, the ACF advised the National Assembly to think of Nigeria above all other considerations.

Tinubu, Akande Visit Buhari In The U.K

tinubu-akandeThe National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Mr Bola Tinubu and the former National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande have visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom.

The photograph on the visit by the two leaders to the President, was posted on the twitter handle of the President himself.

The President’s Media Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina in a statement insists that the President is on holiday and is having what he calls a routine medical test.

On Thursday, the presidency tweeted two photos of the President meeting two visiting Nigerian politicians, in an apparent attempt to dispel rumours about his health.

Justice Akande retires as Chief Judge of Lagos State

Justice Inumidun Enitan Akande has officially bowed out as Chief Judge of Lagos state having attained the statutory retirement age of 65.

At a ceremony to mark her 1004 days in office, and retirement from the judiciary, Justice Akande reiterated the need to move the judiciary forward through the strengthening and sustenance of the independence of the judiciary.

She would be succeeded by Justice Ayotunde Phillips as the lawmakers nodded to the selection of Justice Ayotunde Phillips as a good choice, promising her of their support.

They urged her to fast track the dispensation of justice and also address the congestion of prisons in the state. Justice Phillips had worked with the state Development and Property Corporation as the Company Secretary before she was transferred to the Ministry of Justice in 1989.

She had worked in the Judiciary Service Commission for 18 years.

The Lagos State Chief Judge, Akande said that she made positive strides to improve the judiciary during her tenure.

She said: “Bowing out of office, I am no doubt convinced that we have, within the period, creditably discharged our functions and laid solid foundations for succeeding administrations”.

Akande said that restoring the glory and dignity of the judiciary was one of her major achievements in office.