Bisi Akande Accuses Military Govts Of Creating Lopsided Political Structure

Bisi Akande Accuses Military Govts Of Creating Lopsided Political Structure
Former APC Interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande (file)

 

Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bisi Akande, has criticised successive military governments that ruled Nigeria for 29 years since independence.

The former Osun State governor faulted the previous military governments for creating what he described as the ‘lopsided political structure’ of the country.

Akande said this while delivering in a paper on “Devolution of Powers and National Restructuring” on Saturday at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention in Washington D.C., United States.

He accused the military of creating states and local governments by fiat for selfish reasons rather than through any scientific political reasoning.

The former governor also alleged that the military might have inequitably created more local governments per population per state in the north than in the south, thereby giving the north an unfair advantage in revenue allocation from the national treasury.

He reiterated his call for restructuring, describing it as equitable rearrangement and redistribution of the existing states and local governments per population within the various ethnic nationalities.

Appropriate amendments to the country’s Constitution, according to him, will be required to accommodate the various rearrangements and redistributions.

The former APC chairman, however, admitted that it would be politically unwise to define the word equitable in such a way that it would be easy to convince those enjoying the said unfair advantage at present to surrender such.

He identified restructuring as a Herculean task for all Nigerians compared to the political change of power for which the APC was put together.

“The North is a largely Hausa-speaking people traditionally mix-bred and assimilated with and governed by minority Fulani rulers through Islamic emirate system since two centuries ago.

Akande alleged, “The North has been amalgamated with the South in-law and in fact since a century ago. And, presumably, the Fulani has been perceived to be manipulating the North to rule Nigeria since independence.”

Tinubu, Akande, Others To Monitor Ekiti APC Governorship Primaries

Tinubu, Akande, Others To Monitor Ekiti APC Governorship Primaries
Mr Bisi Akande with Mr Bola Tinubu during a visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on February 13, 2018.

 

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-west zone say they will cooperate with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and work as observers during the governorship primary election in Ekiti State.

The leaders made the resolve on Friday when they met with about 28 aspirants in the Ekiti governorship poll at the old State House in Marina area of Lagos State.

Those present are APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim APC National Chairman, Bisi Akande; and the APC National Vice-Chairman, South-West, Pius Akinyelure.

The party leadership in the zone assured the aspirants of their commitment and readiness to collaborate with the party’s NWC to ensure a free, fair and transparent governorship primary election in the state.

They also urged the NWC to send credible people from the national secretariat to conduct the primaries already fixed for May 5.

The meeting followed the concern raised by some of the aspirants about the need to have an equally non-partisan team from Abuja to conduct the primary election.

The candidates had cited the case of the last governorship primaries of the party in Anambra State which was trailed by allegations of fraud and corruption.

Members of the electoral panel were alleged to have engaged in sharp practices because they were not financially empowered for the exercise.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, Tinubu explained that the meeting was to assure the aspirants that the APC leadership in the zone would be non-partisan and non-aligned with any of them in the forthcoming primary election.

”What I admire about them is that we called them and they answered our call. They all asked for a free, fair and transparent process and that is what we are committed to doing. The leadership is determined to respect that wish.

“There would be no interference, no collusion with any of them. But we told them they must all maintain the peace and once we all recognise our roles and play the roles, we will all move forward,” he said.

On his part, Akande said the leaders are non-partisan, determined to create a level playing field for the contenders and support the winner of the primaries.

Speaking on behalf of the governorship aspirants, Mr Dele Okeya described the meeting as fruitful and thanked the leaders for their intervention.

Other APC leaders at the meeting include a former Ogun State governor, Segun Osoba; former Ekiti State governor, Niyi Adebayo; Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and Ekiti State APC Chairman, Jide Awe.

The governorship aspirants also present are Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Kayode Fayemi, Bimbo Daramola, Opeyemi Bamidele, Femi Bamisile, Bamidele Faparusi, and Bayo Idowu, among others.

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.”

Tinubu Asks Obasanjo To Join Retirees Club

Tinubu A Shining Star In Nigeria's Political Firmament - Ajimobi
file photo: APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has advised former president Olusegun Obasanjo to join the retirees club and collect his pension.

His comments were in reaction to Obasanjo’s special statement in which he advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest for office in 2019.

“I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.”

Tinubu said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He was accompanied by Chief Bisi Akande.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu along with Bisi Akande, visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Tinubu also expressed confidence that the APC will win the 2019 election in a transparent manner.

Last week, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Party’s reconciliation committee, a development that members of the party believe is the last attempt to save it from getting into a crisis.

Though some have said he has limited time to do so, there are high hopes that he will “perform the magic” of reuniting aggrieved party members, hence redeeming the party’s eligibility in the 2019 elections.

Tinubu, Bisi Akande Hold Meeting With Buhari

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and former Governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande are meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.

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

This comes after the former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, issued a 13-page statement, criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance and advising him not to seek re-election in 2019.

In the special press statement titled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” Obasanjo said Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably join the league of the country’s former leaders.

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He said Buhari should not toy with the patience of Nigerians but should in a dignified way dismount from the horse (seat of power).

“We all thanked God for President Buhari for coming back reasonably hale and hearty and progressing well in his recovery.  But whatever may be the state of President Buhari’s health today, he should neither over-push his luck nor over-tax the patience and tolerance of Nigerians for him, no matter what his self-serving, so-called advisers, who would claim that they love him more than God loves him and that without him, there would be no Nigeria say.

“President Buhari needs a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup and after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country.  His place in history is already assured.  Without impaired health and strain of age, running the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7.”

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.

[PHOTOS] Tinubu, Akande Pay Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and a former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, have paid a condolence visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the death of his mother.

Governor Aregbesola’s mother, Saratu, but popularly known as Iya Olobi, died on Tuesday in Ilesha, the governor’s hometown.

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1999 Constitution Is Nigeria’s Greatest Misadventure – Bisi Akande

A former governor of Osun State, Adebisi Akande has described the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the greatest misadventure of the country, saying that the law can not make the progress of Nigeria work.

Akande made the call for the replacement of the Constitution with the 1963 Republican Constitution to enable a transition to the writing of a suitable constitution.

The first interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the remarks at the presentation of a book titled “Nigeria: the Path We Refused to Take” written by Basorun Seinde Arogbofa in Akure.

He said the 1999 constitution ‘Can never be beneficially reviewed’, maintaining that the ongoing constitutional amendments could only ‘totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria.”

According to Akande who just lost his wife, the Nigerian constitution breeds and protects corrupt practices and criminal impurities in governance, adding that Nigeria began as a controversial state of many nations.

Akande said: “The 1999 Constitution is Nigeria’s greatest misadventure since Lugard’s amalgamation of 1914. The constitution puts emphasis on spending rather than making money, thereby intensifying the battles for supremacy between the legislature and the executive while the judiciary is being corruptly tainted and discredited.

“The Constitution breeds and protects corrupt practices and criminal impurities in governance. The 1999 Constitution can never be beneficially reviewed and the ongoing piecemeal adjustments or amendments can only totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria.

“All the angels coming from heavens cannot make that Constitution work for the progress of Nigeria. It should only be scrapped as a bad relics of military mentality; it ought to be temporarily replaced with the 1963 Republican Constitution to enable a transition to the writing of a suitable constitution.

“Otherwise, the 1999 Constitution would continue to dwarf Nigeria’s economy and stifle the country’s social structure pending a disastrous and catastrophic bankruptcy.”

Akande warned against the criminal revolution in the country, calling on all Nigerians to begin the search for a better future, just as he prayed for a farewell on the way out of the country’s present ‘sorry pass’.

The APC chieftain also noted that the military involvements in Nigerian politics for 29 out of Nigeria’s 57 years of independence has drawn back and miniaturized the sense of democracy and good governance among Nigerian political leaders.

He stated the military incursion into Nigerian politics has bastardized the political system so much that political discussions are no longer issue-based or interesting, warning the situation has become very dangerous for the future of the society -particularly among the growing youths.

Osun Govt Mourns Bisi Akande’s Wife’s Death

 

The Osun State Government has expressed its condolence over the death of the wife of a former governor of the state, Bisi Akande, Omowumi.

A press statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa on Wednesday said Mrs Akande died on Tuesday at a private hospital after a slight illness in Ibadan.

Baderinwa said the news of Mrs Akande’s death was shocking and sudden.

He described her as hardworking, a true and quintessential mother, an enterprising woman, a loving wife and caring person to all and sundry.

Furthermore, Baderinwa described Mrs Akande as a staunch supporter of her husband and one who was very warm and accommodating to his political guests.

The commissioner, therefore, prayed to God to give Akande and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

“Mama was a wonderful woman who will be missed by many who knew her. The government and people of Osun commiserate with Chief Bisi Akande and the family at large. We pray to God to accept her soul and rest her in peace”, he said.

Former Osun Gov, Bisi Akande Loses Wife

A former Governor of Osun State and former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bisi Akande has lost his wife, Mrs Omowumi Akande to the hands of death.

Channels TV gathered that Mrs Akande had been ill for sometime and was receiving treatment but she was reported to have been rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in Oyo State before she finally succumbed to death on July 12.

Although the nature of the sickness has not been made public, a source within the hospital premises who pleaded anonymity said she was brought in to the hospital dead.

Mr Akande who served as the Governor of Osun State between 1999 and 2003, was the pioneer chairman of the Ruling APC.

Constitution Responsible For Nigeria’s Failure – Bisi Akande

The former acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former Governor of Osun State, Mr Bisi Akande, has attributed the current economic predicament and other national inadequacies to a deficiency in the Nigerian constitution.

Akande who faulted the constitution said Nigeria would have grown to the zenith if not hampered by constitutional details.

He disclosed this at the event of the 2017 distinguished Role Model Award of The Wings Schools, Iwo in honour of Late Ben Adisa Akinola, an educationist turned administrator.

According to him, the nation’s constitution had created unwarranted challenges not only to Nigeria but to its federating components.

The APC chieftain said there are many aspects in the constitution that were never workable to the Nigerian socio-economic and political structures.

“The constitution that can move Nigeria forward is the constitution that recognizes the culture of the people in relation to their occupation,” Akande said.

The former Governor of Osun State added that the background of the economic life of any community should be the type of his own culture.

He said no nation practicing federalism develops in a circumstance where all or a larger percentage of existing power is being concentrated into a single hand as a case of a unitary system of government.

“For instance in Osun State today, one can’t drive five kilometres of roads anywhere without pothole. In other words, all roads in Osun State today are bad roads, not only that, Osun is not connected to any other state.

“The same applies to other states of the federation, as many of them have been rendered subservient to the power that is at the federal level,” Akande lamented.

He also noted that until the constitution is passionately and circumstantially reviewed in consonance with the nation’s need, the nation would remain stagnant.

Akande added that it is high time for those at the helm of affairs to do the needful concerning the Nigerian constitution, saying power must be properly distributed and devolved from the centre to the federating units as being practised in other countries of the world.

“Those who wrote the constitution did not realize that political denomination and subjugation breed revolt, community disharmony and national insecurity.

“The bad constitution of 1999 has now begun to stimulate demand for ethnic self-determination and economic security otherwise being called “resource control” or “restructuring”. Whatever name you call it, community disharmony is a burden on national security and it is dangerous for economic development and peace.

“What we are saying, for instance, is that the constitution which (according to 1999 census) gave Lagos State (with 5,725,153 population) 20 local governments, also gave Kano State (with 5,810,494 population) 44 local government.

“The same constitution, which gave Anambra (with 2, 796,510 population) 21 local governments, also gave Jigawa (with 2, 875,559 population) 27 local governments.

“Such constitutional provisions seem capable of dying the federating components of Nigeria most importantly on their equal opportunity for accessing the national revenue allocations.

“Such agitations may not be healthy for community harmony, national security to influence the change for the better,” he stated.

Akande, therefore, charged the people of Iwo and all Nigerians at large on the need to emulate the good deeds of the late Ben Adisa Akinola.

The guest speakers, Prof. Olasupo Akano and Prof. Lai Olurode, former Dean, Faculty of School Sciences, University of Lagos, described late Akiola as a patriotic son of Iwo who during his lifetime strived towards the development of the town.

Echoing a similar view, the Secretary to the State government of Osun, Mr Moshood Adeoti said the legacy the late Akinola left behind in the education sector would never be forgotten.

Adeleke Died At The Prime Of His Political Career – Bisi Akande

A former governor of Osun State and the first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, has expressed his grief over the demise of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

The former governor said Senator Adeleke died at the prime of his political career, adding that he was a young vibrant statesman of Osun State whose death would remain a shock to political elders for a very long time.

Akande, in his condolence message on Tuesday, said he felt a serious grief over Adeleke’s death.

“The cruel hands of death that kill younger people like Adeleke so suddenly are creating perpetual restless tremours for our generation and above. His death, at this age, is deeply painful.

“He was certainly born well and he lived well. We will continue to pray that God comforts his spouse, children, siblings, the people of Osun and his colleagues at the National Assembly,” he said.

The former APC National Chairman also prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and asked God to give his political associates the fortitude to bear the loss.