The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and his Jigawa counterpart, Abubakar Badaru, on Friday met in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Alani Bankole, the father of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.
Also at the event was the Governor of Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; former Oyo State Governor, Rasheed Ladoja; former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Shinkafi; the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; among others.
Speaking at the event held at the Oluwo residence of Chief Bankole, Abiodun congratulated the former National Chairman of the defunct All Peoples Party on his new age.
He described him as a phenomenon whose sunshine beams brightly across the political spectrum of Nigeria and its traditional institutions.
Abiodun added that history will remember Bankole’s role in deepening the rich cultural heritage of his people.
He stated that Ogun is very proud of the elder statesman’s pivotal role in the development of Nigeria’s democracy which has become a reference point.
He said, “Baba, we are proud to have you as one of our own in Ogun State. As a kingmaker in your native Egbaland with traditional titles of Seriki Jagunmolu and Oluwo Iporo, Abeokuta, history will remember your role in deepening the rich cultural heritage of your people.”
Also speaking, Badaru described the celebrant as one of the detribalised elders who has mentored many political leaders and urged other Nigerians to emulate him.
He said, “We enjoyed your counsel, your guidance and your advice. We will never forget your counsel, your support and your advice. God will keep you to continue to guide us and support us like you always do.
“On behalf of our family from the other side of the country, we wish to congratulate you and we wish you many, many years.”
In his response, Bankole appreciated the governors and charged them to continue to give their best for the country.
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