Ademola Adeleke, Nigerian politician, was born on May 13, 1960, in Enugu, to the family of Ayoola Adeleke and Nnena Esther Adeleke. He commenced his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Surulere, Lagos, after which he relocated to Old Oyo state and attended Nawarudeen Primary School, Ikire. He progressed to The Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, Ede, also in the then Old Oyo state, and later moved to Muslim Grammar School, Ede.
He later left Nigeria to study criminology at Jacksonville State University, Alabama, United States.
While death is a detestable thing, it was what ushered Adeleke into the world of politics. Adeleke was largely unknown in politics until the death of his older brother, Isiaka Adeleke, on April 23, 2017. The late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke lived a beautiful life, full of robust achievements is not contestable.
His life was a testimony of goodness and patriotic service to humanity. He left nobody in doubt, that he was one of the finest politicians ever produced from this part of the world. He came angelically and transited gracefully and gloriously, resting peacefully in the bosom of Almighty Allah.
Constitutionally, Isiaka needed to be replaced in the senate and that was when Adeleke came into the scene. Adeleke pulled a surprise victory in the bye-election. He won in nine of the 10 local governments in the senatorial area, polling 97,280 votes.
He attributed his victory to his late brother, whom he said did 70 percent of the campaign with his “historical goodwill”. The late Isiaka was a very popular figure. He was known as Serubawaon in his political circle.
“I was having fun during the campaign and enjoying my dance because my brother had done 70 percent of the job with his historical goodwill right from when he became an executive governor in 1991. I was always with him. I want to follow his footsteps and may God help me,” he had said.
Before venturing into politics, Adeleke was the group executive director at Pacific Holdings Limited from 2001 to 2016.
4O DAYS FASTING AND PRAYER FOR GOVERNORSHIP
In April, Adeleke wrote the PDP, declaring his intention to run for the governorship position of Osun on the platform of the party, a seat his late brother was also planning to occupy. According to him, he sought God’s guidance by fasting and praying alongside his family for 40 days before declaring his intention.
“We held a family meeting to seek God’s guidance on the governorship issue and we said let all of us pray and fast for 40 days for a divine direction from Him and it was when we got a clear signal that I came out to announce that I will contest the Osun governorship election,” he had said.
“During this period of the 40 days of prayers and fasting, we the Adeleke’s made a covenant with God that we shall alleviate the suffering of the people of Osun.”
DAVIDO’S UNCLE, SHINA RAMBO’S FATHER
Maybe Davido was one of those who fasted and prayed, we cannot tell for a fact. Adeleke is an uncle to David Adeleke, a Nigerian singer better known as Davido. He is also father to two musicians, B-Red, Shina Rambo.
Davido took to Twitter to congratulate Adeleke shortly after the result of the primary was declared in Oshogbo. He described his uncle as “the incoming governor of Osun state”.
Adeleke is renowned for his ability to bust a move whenever the occasion demands it, earning him the name ‘dancing senator’. He was given the nickname when he did his victory dance upon winning the senatorial seat.
Adeleke said in an interview that he dances to make political campaigns interesting and as a means of exercise. He also said he taught Davido and his children how to dance.
“My kids got it (dancing) from me, Sina Rambo and B-Red and of course my nephew, Davido. I train them and as a matter of fact, they will tell me that Dad, we can’t catch up with you. I love dancing,” he had said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said he was saddened by Adeleke’s defection to the PDP.
“I was filled with emotions today as I swore in the brother of Late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke as senator representing Osun south. I’m sure that my late friend, his family, good people of Ede and Osun West Senatorial District are delighted that the legacy of ‘Guv’ can continue. I am sure my departed colleague will, in his grave, be happy and filled with joy today and always,” Saraki had said.
“My only sadness is that senator Ademola Adeleke is not coming in as an APC member. This is the result of mishandling of the pre-election matters by our party. I hope Senator Ademola Adeleke will very soon return to his natural fold, the APC, where he rightly belongs.”
Adeleke had defected from the APC to run as the opposition party’s flagbearer a few days to the bye-election. He was set to contest the primary in the APC unopposed after his opponent, Mudashiru Hussein, was disqualified by the screening committee headed by Sanusi Rikiji, speaker of the Zamfara assembly. However, a day later, the national working committee of the APC cleared Hussien to contest the primary and Adeleke subsequently defected.
Adeleke family built its financial empire
The Adeleke family built its financial empire through the grace of God, spartan discipline, hard work and prudent management of resources. So many people have benefitted from the family large-heartedness, without any string attached to such favours.
The esteemed Adeleke dynasty, has been championing the tenet of politics without bitterness and violence, since the hero of the family – Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke became the governor of Osun State in 1992 and laid a solid foundation for the state. What point, therefore, are detractors of the family trying to establish, by making wild comments and unjust accusation, concerning the painful and sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke on April 23, 2017. It is sad that they are turning facts on its head as far as reference to the family’s stand on the same issue is concerned.
Tribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the poll. Delivering the lead ruling of the three-man tribunal, Chairman Ibrahim Sirajo, said that the rerun election that held on September 27 was illegal.
The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22, and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal. A three-member panel of the tribunal , dismissed the objections filed by Gov. Oyetola, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Reading the ruling on behalf of a three-member panel of judges, Justice Peter Obi held that the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had no powers to cancel the election in the seven polling units on September 22, 2018, which led leading to the rerun election on September 27, 2018.
The tribunal also held that the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola be withdrawn and that a fresh one should be issued to Senator Adeleke of the PDP, having fulfilled the conditions of the law.
It said the petitioner scored the lawful majority votes at the election while the rerun held in the seven cancelled units were null and void and of no electoral effect.
- Ademola Adeleke Biography and Profile (Goodreadbiography / Cable)