Ademola Adeleke is a Nigerian politician and businessman. He is the declared winner of the July, 2022 Osun State gubernatorial election. Prior to this, he was the senator that represented the Osun-West Senatorial District between 2017 and 2019. Ademola is from a highly notable family in Ede, Osun State.
FULL NAME: Ademola Nurudeen Jackson ADELEKE
DATE OF BIRTH: 13th of May, 1960
PARENTS: Late Raji Ayoola Adeleke, Nnena Esther Adeleke.
SPOUSE: Mrs Titilola Adeleke
CHILDREN: (3); Adebayo Adeleke, Adeshina Adeleke, Adenike Adeleke.
SIBLINGS: Dr Adedeji Adeleke and Late. Mr Isiaka Adeleke.
Ademola was born into the popular and respected Adeleke family in Ede, Osun State, on the 13th of May 1960 in Enugu. His father, Late Raji Ayoola Adeleke was a devout and committed Muslim while his mother, Nnena Esther Adeleke is a strong and also committed Igbo Christian mother, he was born into a disciplined family.
His father was the Balogun of Ede land in Osun state, a perceptive politician, who was also a second republic senator, an important and cherished political pillar of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) while working together with the legendary and historic premier of the then Western Nigeria in the person of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Ademola Adeleke stands as the baby of the house with two elder brothers; Dr Adedeji Adeleke and Late. Mr Isiaka Adeleke, the first executive of Osun State.
Ademola Adeleke commenced his primary education at Methodist Primary School in Surulere, Lagos State before relocating to Old Oyo State where he attended Nawarudeen Primary School, Ikire. He then progressed to The Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, Ede also in the then Old Oyo State but later moved to Ede Muslim Grammar School Ede, where he finished his secondary school education before relocating abroad. As Ademola left the country, Nigeria afterwards to continue his studies joining his two elder brothers in the United States of America. He started higher studies at Jacksonville State University, Alabama in the United States of America where he majored in criminal justice with minor in political science. After much controversies surrounding his qualifications educationally, Ademola went back to school and got enrolled at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the United States of America, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) in Criminal Justice in 2021.
Ademola Adeleke is an administrator and a clever business man. Before he moved into politics, he was known and regarded as the Group Executive Director at Pacific Holdings limited, his brother’s company, from about 2001 till 2016.
Being the Group Executive Director, he was met with many duties among which are; the duty for the organization’s business expansion, strategic planning and ideas, etc. His finance and administrative skills were used in influencing some important set of people.
Before Ademola started working for Pacific Holdings Limited, he had previously worked with Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as a Service Contractor from around the year 1985 till 1989. He was imposed with the duty of efficient, reliable service delivery covering about over 780 residences and big businesses which he was also responsible for.
After working with Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, he then proceeded to work with Origin International LLC, inAtlanta, Georgia, USA. A company that produces and manufactures flavours and fragrance. Ademola was later on the vice president at Origin International LLC from 1990-1994. Ademola Adeleke also worked and served as a director at Guinness Nigeria Plc for about 6 years, from 1992 till 1998.
Ademola Adeleke started his political journey in 2001 with his elder brother Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the first democratic governor of Osun State laying a firm foundation for the family politically, Ademola followed suite making his political breakthrough in 2017 when he won the Osun West Senatorial bye-election in a bid to replace his late brother who won the election but unfortunately died just before assuming the position in April 2017. Ademola was a member of All Progressive Congress (APC) up until he decamped to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2017.
On 23 July 2018, Adeleke emerged as the governorship candidate of PDP in Osun State for the 2018 gubernatorial election contesting against top contenders like Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Iyiola Omisore of Social Democratic Party (SDP) on 22 September 2018. The election result was declared inconclusive by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and a rerun was scheduled for 27th September, 2018 where APC’s candidate Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola emerged winner. This didn’t go well with Ademola Adeleke who protested the result and described the election as a coup.
The tribunal sitting in Abuja declared Adeleke the winner of the election on 22 March 2019 but the Supreme Court later affirmed Gboyega Oyetola as the rightful winner of the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial election on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Ademola Adeleke contested and won as PDP’s flag bearer by a landslide victory with a total vote of 403,371 and with 17 LGA out of the 30 LGA compared to his closet rival APC’s Gboyega Oyetola who had 375,227 votes in the 2022 Osun State gubernatorial election which took place on the 16th of July, 2022. Adeleke was chosen as the party’s flag bearer after previously winning the PDP primaries earlier held in Osogbo on March 8, 2022.
Ademola is married to Mrs. Titilola Christina Adeleke and they are blessed with three children; two boys and one girl. Adeshina Adeleke fondly called Shina Rambo, Adebayo Adeleke popularly known as B- Red, who are both into the entertainment industry and his only daughter Adenike Adeleke, a graduate of Oakwood University. He also has a grandchild, Jordan Adeleke who happens to be B-Red’s son.
Ademola Adeleke is the uncle to the popular music artiste David Adeleke, Davido. They are quite very close, a big fan of each other at that.
He is a very social person. Trended in 2017 and nicknamed the Dancing Senator, following his dramatic victory dance when he was declared the winner of the Osun West Senatorial District bye-election.
Like most politicians, the net worth of Senator Ademola Adeleke is not specified but it’s no news that the Adeleke Empire is a well to do family in terms of wealth. And Ademola Adeleke sits conveniently amongst the top wealthy people of the Adeleke Empire.
EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLE
- Instagram: aadeleke_01
- Email: [email protected]