Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday described the death of Madam Omowumi Akande, wife of the former national interim chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande, as a great loss to Osun and the South-West.
Aregbesola, in a condolence statement signed by his director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the death of the Akande matriarch had created a huge void in Osun as her maternal role in the socio-political affairs of the state would be greatly missed by the government and the good people.
He described Mama Akande as “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”, noting that “Mama Akande was a great pillar behind Chief Bisi Akande through thick and thin during the elder statesman’s political career.”
“I receive the death of the wife of our leader, Mrs Omowumi Akande 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 had 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 added.
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