Ahmed Mustapha Akanbi has responded to the clarion call to serve his home state, Kwara, in the capacity of state governor come 2019 governorship election in the state.
Ahmed Akanbi is reputed to be vibrant, eloquent and young celebrated legal practitioner with an impressively rising profile.
Ahmed is a biological son of the Ghana born famous Nigerian who was an anti-graft crusader and highly respected incorruptible Judge widely known across the country and beyond, late Honourable Justice Mustapha Muhammad Adedayo Akanbi (CFR). This rare breed of the first Wakili of Ilorin is a silent achiever with an exceptional good leadership quality doted with fear of God and sincerity of purpose, and many other good attributes his late father was known for.
Ahmed Mustapha Akanbi who was called to the Nigerian bar in 1999 holds an LL.M degree certificate from the University College London and has in time past, worked in the following notable law firms: Yusuf Ali (SAN) & Co, Ilorin, Kwara State and Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos.
Akanbi, presently is the Principal Partner of Akanbi & Wigwe Legal Practitioners, and in this capacity, he has been involving in top notch litigation matters and legal advisory transactions.
He is currently a Director in a foremost Mortgage Bank in Nigeria, and also the Secretary of the Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, a Foundation that has consistently been responding to the yearnings and aspirations of thousands of people.
His late father, fondly called ‘Mr Clean’, was chairman of the foundation while Ahmed Akanbi is the secretary. Ahmed is also a Notary Public and a frontline member of the Lagos Bar. Little wonder he was unanimously appointed by legal practitioners in Lagos State to serve as Chairman of the 2017 Law Week Planning Committee of the Premier bar.
He is a leading contributor to the World Bank publication of “Doing Business in Nigeria” in respect of which he has been issued several certificates of recognition by the World Bank.
Barrister Ahmed Akanbi is also a regular social and legal analyst in most of the leading broadcast media in the country particularly the Channels Television and several other Television stations in Nigeria.
His active roles in the All Progressive Congress (APC) earned him a central position in the heart of the party. He is said to be an avid supporter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), having been involved in diverse election petition matters involving the (ACN) APC as a consummate lawyer both in Lagos and Ogun States with a 100% success rate.
He was also an active supporter of the Muhammadu Buhari/Yemi Osinbajo Presidential Campaign in 2015 and contributed immensely to the success of the said campaign through relentless public advocacy and mobilization of funds.
His sterling record of achievements in the areas of effective leadership and humanitarian services ultimately compelled the good people of Kwara State to passionately seek for his consent and approval to come home and replicate his spectacular leadership quality in the state in order to keep the flag of the state flying.
His ambition is premised on his desire to bring succor and hope to the people of Kwara State, and to align the interest of Kwarans with that of the APC party at the national level, and by extension with that of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
Areas Of Concentration (AOC)
According to him, in the event that his ambition is realized, he intends to concentrate on the following key areas to the benefit of the people of Kwara State:
(a) Efficient management and effective utilization of public resources.
(b) Aggressive infrastructural development.
(c) Building educational capacity and efficiency.
(d) Diversifying the revenue base of Kwara through agriculture and the mining of solid minerals, and also through private sector participation in business activities.
(e) Human capacity development and empowerment.
(f) Ensuring the safety of lives and properties through the prudent utilization of security votes.
All of these key areas, according to him, will be founded on the sacrosanct principles of equality, justice, and good governance.
Going by his reputation which many agreed that he imbibed from his late Father, Ahmed pledged to bring his experience to bear as a legal practitioner and a son of the most loved late Mustapha Akanbi. It was generally believed that Ahmed adequately tapped from his father’s ocean of wisdom and knowledge with due respect and focus for service to God and humanity.
He has in the last few months travelled the entire length and breadth of Kwara State to sensitize Kwarans on his ambition, and the way and manner by which he was received everywhere he went to has been very overwhelming and receptive.