20th October, 2010
A chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Lagos State, Chief AyoÂ Akande, has commended the leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and otherÂ progressives in the country over the party’s recent victory in Ekiti State.
He said thisÂ while reacting to the Court of Appeal verdict which pronounced Dr.Â Kayode Fayemi as winner of the 2007 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Akande said the feat recorded by the party was due to the dogged spirit of theÂ former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu and other progressives who wereÂ opposed to oppression, and flagrant reversion of the democratic will of theÂ electorate.
â€œThe Ekiti success is a collective effort of all those who believe in the success ofÂ Nigeria through a democratic process. These are people who fight consistently toÂ correct the ills of the society,” he noted.
The ACN chieftain pointed out that Tinubu was the arrowhead andÂ moving spirit ofÂ the progressives, some of who were not members of the ACN. “They all fought aÂ long-standing legal battle to see that justice and the will of the people prevailedÂ in Ekiti State as demonstrated in the Court of Appeal judgment in Ilorin, KwaraÂ State, which brought GovernorÂ Kayode Fayemi to power,” he said.
He noted that Asiwaju Tinubu is playing the leadership role in the South West andÂ fitting conveniently into the shoes left behind by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
â€œThe exemplary leadership role exhibited by Tinubu is propelled by his sense ofÂ maturity, courage and patienceÂ which characterized the life of Chief ObafemiÂ Awolowo.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the moment ACN captures all the six South WestÂ states which include Edo, Tinubu would comfortably assume the role of ChiefÂ Awolowo,â€ he said.