Nigerian politician and businessman Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke, born on May 13, 1960, has been the governor of Osun State since 2022. From 2017 to 2019, he served as the senator who represented the Osun-west senatorial district. He comes from Ede, Osun State, Adeleke family. In the rerun of the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial election, incumbent governor Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the APC beat him. He ran for governor of Osun State in 2022 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.

EDUCATION

Following his relocation to Old Oyo State, Adeleke attended Nawarudeen Elementary School in Ikire after beginning his primary education at Methodist Primary School in Surulere, Lagos State. Before moving to the United States, he completed his secondary education at Ede Muslim Grammar School after moving on to The Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, Ede, also in the then-Old Oyo State. He joined his two other older brothers in the US when he departed Nigeria to finish his studies. In the United States, he began his higher education at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, where he majored in criminal justice and minored in political science.

He returned to school and enrolled at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the United States after considerable controversy surrounded his educational background. In 2021, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

CAREER

Adeleke is a businessman and administrator. From 1992 to 1999, he worked as an executive director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, where General Theophilus Danjuma was one of his co-directors. From 2001 to 2016, he served as the group executive director of his brother’s business, Pacific Holdings Limited. Ademola had previously served as a service contractor with Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, Georgia, US, from 1985 to 1989 before joining Pacific Holdings Limited. From 1990 until 1994, he served as vice president of Origin International LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia, US-based manufacturer of flavors and fragrances.

POLITICS

Adeleke is a humanitarian and member of the community. Together with his late brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who passed away in April 2017, Adeleke began his political career in 2001. After his brother passed away in 2017, he ran in the Osun West by-election and won under the People’s Democratic Party.

Up until April 2017, Ademola belonged to the All Progressives Congress before switching to the People’s Democratic Party.

On July 23, 2018, Adeleke defeated Akin Ogunbiyi by seven votes to win the PDP’s nomination for governor of Osun State.

CERTIFICATE SCANDAL

Adeleke was accused and charged with fabricating his secondary school testimonial and WAEC results to withdraw his governorship candidacy before the Osogbo high court. The declaration Adeleke made on behalf of Ede Muslim Grammar School, Osun State, to INEC on July 20, 1988, was made at a time when Osun State was not yet a state. Additionally, the SSCE results mentioned in the testimony demonstrate that the examination format wasn’t in use in 1981. Another letter from the Heading Ede Muslim High School, this one from 2018, states that the principal who signed the letter from 1988 also signed the letter from 2018, which prompted the authorities to detain the principal.

Adeleke’s defense attorney asserts that Adeleke’s secondary school has not publicly refuted his testimony requesting the court to dismiss the case. In its ruling, the court stated that Adeleke’s forgery could not be established by the plaintiff. Witnesses testified in court that Adeleke was not present in the examination room. One of the witnesses claimed that because he is well-known, he would have been easy to identify.

GOVERNORSHIP RACE

On September 22, 2018, Adeleke ran for governor of Osun state under the PDP against prominent competitors Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of the APC and Iyiola Omisore of the SDP. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) pronounced the election inconclusive and scheduled a rematch for September 27, 2018. After the run-off, the APC candidate Oyetola was crowned the victor. Adeleke denounced the outcome, calling the election a “coup.”

The Abuja-based tribunal announced Adeleke as the election’s victor on March 22, 2019.

On Friday, July 5, 2019, the Supreme Court subsequently determined that Gboyega Oyetola was the legitimate victor of the 2018 Osun State governorship election.

Adeleke ran against the outgoing governor Gboyega Oyetola in the PDP’s 2022 gubernatorial primary on July 16. Gboyega Oyetola lost to Adeleke with 375,077 votes to 402,979 votes. In addition to Olorunda, Ede South, Orolu, Osogbo, Odo Otin, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Atakumosa, and Ila, Adeleke also won in 17 local government districts.

PERSONAL LIFE

Adeleke is a father of eight children, including B-Red, Ayootola, Goke, Sinarambo, Adenike, Folasade, and others. He is married to the stunning Mrs. Titilola Adeleke. He is also Davido, a well-known musician uncle.

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