As Nigeria’s opposition political party, All Progressives Congress, APC, prepares for the forthcoming National Convention, the Interim chairman of the party is stepping aside from seeking a reelection.
The decision by Chief Akande is inline with the recommendation by governors of the party that the office be moved out of the South-West to the South-South or South-East .
With Akande out of the way, party sources revealed, shopping for a new chairman has begun.
Candidates are already reported to be interested in the number one office are; Chief Tom Ikimi and Chief John Odigie-Oyegun— as replacement for Akande, who played a key role in the merger of the former Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, into APC.
Aged 75, he had served as deputy governor to the late Chief Bola Ige who was governor of the old Oyo State between 1979 and 1983 and was eventually elected governor of Osun State in 1999.