Adebisi Akande

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Chief Adebisi Akande
Governor of Osun State
In office
May 1999 – May 2003
Preceded by Theophilus Bamigboye
Succeeded by Olagunsoye Oyinlola
Constituency Osun State
Personal details
Born 23 January 1939
Ila Orangun, Osun State, Nigeria
Political party All Progressives Congress (APC)
Profession Politician

Abdukareem Adebisi Bamidele Akande ("Bisi Akande"") was a governor of Osun State, Nigeria from 1999-2003, as a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party, and is Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.[1]

Background[edit]

Chief Adebisi Akande was born in Ila Orangun on 23 January 1939 in what is now the Osun Central Senatorial district.[2] Akande was deputy governor of Oyo State between 1979 and 1983 when Bola Ige was governor (Osun State was formerly part of Oyo State).[3] He was elected on the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) platform.[4] Akande was described as the nephew of Chief Bola Ige.[5]

Governorship[edit]

Adebisa Akande was elected governor of Osun State in April 1999, running for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party, which had recently formed as a political arm of the Yoruba socio-cultural organization Afenifere.[6] He succeeded Col. Theophilus Bamigboye, who had been named as the military administrator of the State in August 1998, and who handed over power on 29 May 1999.[7] On 31 May 1999 Adebisa Akande inaugurated the second Assembly in Osun State.[8]

In January 2000, the Osun State government sacked 143 staff of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, following the governor’s earlier vow to trim the state’s work force.[9] Adebisi Akande dissolved the state Council of Obas and Chiefs in 2001, on the ground that it was too large. The dissolution may have been caused by a dispute between the then head of the royal council, the Ooni of Ile-Ife and Akande, in turn part of a face-off between Akande and the deputy governor, Iyiola Omisore.[10]

A November 2001 appraisal of Osun State said that Adebisi Akande was battling an unfriendly work force, and the state was also troubled by long-standing violence between the Ife and Modakeke clans. However, Akande had implemented his party's programs for providing free education and free medical care, and had improved water supplies.[11] A different appraisal, two months later, noting the governor had recently survived an impeachment attempt, said that rather than improving social services and generating employment, after two years in power Akande had implemented massive staff lay offs in the public service, and had caused virtual collapse of public infrastructure.[12]

On December 24, 2001, Akande's supporter Bola Ige, the minister of justice, was murdered in his house in Ibadan.[3] The newspaper This Day said that the murder could have been linked to the feud between Akande and the deputy governor Iyiola Omisore. The murder followed another murder the previous week of Osun State legislator Odunayo Olagbaju, who was bludgeoned to death outside his home. Olagbaju was a supporter of Omisore.[13]

Adebisa Akande ran again for election in 2003, but was defeated by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[14]

Later career[edit]

In late 2003, rival factions of the AD held separate conventions. In the Lagos convention, Adebisi Akande was elected as AD chairman.[15] In January 2006, the convoy of AD leaders who supported Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa faction instead of Chief Adebisi Akande as the party's national chairman was attacked by thugs in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.[16] In a February 2006 interview, former Senator Moji Akinfenwa verbally attacked Akande and denied that he was head of the AD. Discussing Akande's feud with his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, he acknowledged that most of the funding for Akande’s governorship campaign was donated by Omisore, but said it was a serious error to have accepted him as a running mate.[17]

In June 2005, Akande attended an International Conference on Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria held at the Imperial College, London.[18] In October 2005, Akande visited the USA to meet with AD supporters in the Nigerian diaspora.[19]

Speaking in July 2006, Akande attacked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which he implied was not acting impartially. He defended the AD, which he said was stronger even than it had been in 1999. He called for a more decentralized, federal form of government.[20]

Speaking in February 2009, Akande said the only solution to hostage-taking in the Niger Delta area was to give youths employment opportunities, and to involve them in decision making. He cautioned against a military solution, saying in the past the military had looted the nation's treasury and impoverished the people. Speaking in favour of democracy, he stated that when the AD governors accepted President Olusegun Obasanjo's request to avoid local council polls, they fell into a trap. Obasanjo was able to select delegates who helped him win the 2003 elections.[21]

In October 2009, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, blamed the poor performance of Osun State students in examinations on the administration of Chief Adebisi Akande, whom he asserted had neglected the schools.[14]

In September 2006, the 'Bisi Akande faction merged with other opposition parties to form the Action Congress Party, which later changed their name to the Action Congress of Nigeria.

In February 2013 the party announced plans to merge with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Political Parties > Action Congress". INEC (Independent National Electoral Committee). Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ Tunde Oyekola (19 Feb 2009). "2011: Emerging scenario in Osun". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2009-11-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Emergency Declared in Nigeria After Killing of Justice Minister". New York Times. December 25, 2001. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  4. ^ EMMANUEL OLADESU (2009-01-23). "No politics on Akande’s day". The Nation. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  5. ^ Kodilinye Obiagwu (December 12, 2002). "Legion of non-incumbent governorship aspirants battle for service". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  6. ^ Hammed Shittu (2004-08-22). "Osun: A Ding-Dong Affair". This Day. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Osun State". Global Biofuels. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Osun State in Brief". Osun State Government. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  9. ^ "OSBC Sacks 143 Staff, Reorganises Its Directorates". Media Rights Monitor February 2000. Vol 5 No. 2. February 2000. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  10. ^ Gbenga Faturot (July 7, 2003). "Oyinlola in dilemma over new Obas’ Council". Daily Independent. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  11. ^ Obong Akpaekong (2001-11-21). "State Of The States". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  12. ^ Wilson Uwujaren & Ebelo Goodluck (January 18, 2001). "Panic Grips Southern Governors As More Politicians Unveil Ambitions". Nigeriadotcom. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Nigerian justice minister shot to death". USA Today. 2001-12-24. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  14. ^ a b Gbenga Olarinoye (Oct 27, 2009). "Commissioner blames poor WAEC, NECO results on Akande". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  15. ^ Seun Adeoye (August 16, 2004). "Akinfenwa petitions INEC over AD's planned convention". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  16. ^ Seun Adeoye (January 26, 2006). "Suspected thugs attack Afenifere convoy in Osun". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  17. ^ Gbenga Faturoti (February 4, 2006). "I have never received a kobo from OBJ". Daily Independent Online. Retrieved 2009-11-07. [dead link]
  18. ^ "International Conference on Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria 2005". Foundation for Good Governance and Development in Nigeria. 25 June 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  19. ^ "Chairman Bísí Àkàndé meets AD-USA". Alliance for Democracy, USA Chapter. August 22, 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  20. ^ RAZAQ BAMIDELE (July 18, 2006). "2007 presidency: There’ll be big fight in the North, if...– Akande". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  21. ^ Julius Alabi (February 6, 2009). "Akande urges action against kidnapping". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-07. [dead link]
  22. ^ Maram, Mazen (7 February 2013). "Nigerian Biggest Opposition Parties Agree to Merge". Bloomberg. Retrieved 11 February 2013.