Akande warns leaders against ‘vagabonds’ struggling for power

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Former Governor of Osun State and pioneer National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, yesterday, warned all governors and other political leaders, especially the ones on the platform of the ruling party, to beware of political vagabonds that would rise up later in the system to challenge and accuse them of corruption with the motive to unseat the current crops of leaders and take over government.

Akande, who stated this in his remarks during his 85th birthday anniversary and the unveiling of Adebisi Akande Foundation (AAF) held in Ibadan, Oyo State, said he was afraid because Nigerians are talking about corruption among the current political leaders, but another set of political vagabonds are coming, who would be more corrupt, vicious, richer and influential than the ones we have at present.

He said those vagabonds would contest for political powers and most likely win but in the end, plunder the country. He said: “These coming political vagabonds are going to fight with you. Today, the vagabonds are hiding under your armpits, under your garments. The current political leaders in Nigeria should be careful of these new sets of vagabonds. They (vagabonds) are the most corrupt and are becoming more popular in the minds of the people. They have more money and are possibly richer than you. They will fight and possibly take over power if you are not careful but they don’t mean well for the nation.”

The former Osun State governor identified the new set of vagabonds to include crude oil thieves, yahoo boys, ritualists, armed robbers, kidnappers, land grabbers, bandits, cut corner agents, business manipulators and religious leaders, who turned churches to market places and others.

Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians that graced the occasion included Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who represented President Bola Tinubu; Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State who represented the Vice President, Kashim Shettima; Chairman of the occasion and Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, among other top government and private functionaries.

The President said it was his joy to witness the 85th birthday of Akande, the grand old man and one of the moving forces of progressive movement in Nigeria.
Shettima said that Nigeria could reach its desired progressive governance through high breeding of good leaders-followers system through competences, monitoring and transparent electioneering process. Makinde described Akande as an icon, a fearless personality and an advocate of fiscal federalism, restructuring and state policing.