Monday, 6 July 2015
APC Group Defends Akande, Says He Spoke Like a Sincere Leader
The Action Group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has risen in stout defence of the former Interim Chairman of the ruling party, Chief Bisi Akande, saying his recent utterances on the crisis bedeviling the party at the National Assembly were those of a sincere leader.
The group, through a statement by its spokesperson, Segun Dipe, said the ramrod qualities of Akande qualify him to see when things are skewed towards failure and was right to have called the people involved to order.
“Here is the man who steered the ship of our party through the turbulent waters from conception to birth. He did so with sincerity of purpose and great sacrifice that even President Muhammadu Buhari, a man of few words, not given to praise-singing, confessed that he respected Akande’s patriotism while acknowledging how he led the interim party ‘with dexterity and integrity.”
The party Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, also admitted that he saw in Akande trustworthiness and sincerity. Is it such a person that would now wish the smooth-sailing ship of the party should capsize?”
APC-AG recalled how Akande had journeyed with former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, through thick and thin from the dark and lonely days of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to the Action Congress (AC) and then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before arriving at the APC, saying such a person knows what true loyalty and discipline are and should be taken serious when preaching them.
Akande had been criticised for his recent utterances with which he cautioned some party members, whom he accused of trading the party’s birthright and dining with the enemy with a bid to get choice positions.
Specifically, he mentioned some northern elites and the PDP members within the APC as those rocking the party boat with indiscipline and disloyalty.
But the APC Action Group said the former interim chairman was on point and had only reiterated what was already in the public domain. Perhaps it is making more meaning to them now that it is coming from a person of Akande’s flawless character.