The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and other ruling party big wings today attended the burial of the wife of the former governor of Osun, Madam Omowunmi Akande at Ila, the hometown of the APC former chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who came alongside the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was visibly sighted consoling the husband of the deceased, and former Acting Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande.
Among the early callers at the sleepy town for the funeral rite were the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, and his counterpart from Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi among others.
It was reported that the matriarch of the Akande family died on Tuesday night at a private hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital at 73, according to the statement issued on Wednesday by the family.
Meanwhile, the Osun State government on Wednesday described the death of the former governor in the state as a big loss to the state, and the entire nation.
This was contained in a condolence statement from the office of the governor, and signed by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.
According to the statement, the death of the Akande’s matriarch has put an end to her maternal role in the socio-political affairs of the state, adding that she would be greatly missed by the government and the people of the state.
“Mama Akande is a great mother, loyal wife and, above all, one of the last bastions of progressive women in the region, who diligently served the people, the party and his husband till her last moment on the surface of the earth.She was a great pillar behind Chief Bisi Akande political career.
“I receive her death with a heavy heart. I have no doubt she led a meaningful life during her earthly sojourn.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Mama’s death has left a huge vacuum in the immediate family of the Akande dynasty, Osun, the whole of the South-West and the entire progressive family. She would be deeply missed by all of us but mostly by her beloved husband, our great leader, Chief Adebisi Akande.
“On behalf of my family, government and the people of the State of Osun, I offer our heartfelt condolences to both the immediate and extended family of Akande. We pray that Almighty God would grant her a befitting abode in paradise reserved for the pious and the righteous,” the statement reads.