The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Ademola Adeleke the Governor-Elect of Osun State on Sunday morning after he received a majority of votes cast in the state’s governorship election.
Adeleke’s victory came nearly four years after he narrowly lost his bid to become governor of Osun State.
Adeleke poll 403,371 votes on Saturday, defeating his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola, the incumbent governor of the state, who received 375,027 votes.
Here are some facts about Ademola Adeleke:
Ademola Adeleke was born in Ede, Osun State, on May 13, 1960. He comes from a well-known and influential family in Ede, Ede Local Government Area.
Adedeji Adeleke is a Nigerian billionaire, business magnate and president of Adeleke University and the late Mr Isiaka Adeleke are Ademola’s elder brothers. He is the third and final child of his parents.
He became popular in politics after the demise of his brother, Isiaka Adeleke, who served as a senator for Osun-West.
After the death of his elder brother on April 23, 2017, Ademola filled Isiaka’s vacancy in the Senate, popularly called the “dancing senator”, Ademola Adeleke served as a senator for the Osun West Senatorial District between 2017 and 2019.
Adeleke attended Methodist Primary School in Surulere, Lagos State, before transferring to Nawarudeen Primary School in Ikire.
He continued his education at Ede Muslim Grammar School Ede before moving to the United States to join his two elder brothers.
Adeleke attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama, where he studied criminal justice and political science, according to Adeleke.
He later enrolled at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, where he graduate in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
From 2001 to 2016, Adeleke was the executive director of Pacific Holdings Limited, and later worked as a service contractor for Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.
From 1990 to 1994, he was the vice president of Origin International LLC, a flavor and fragrance manufacturing company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In the run-up to his governorship election four years ago, Adeleke was accused of falsifying his secondary school testimonial and WAEC results. However, the case was dismissed by the court.
The dancing senator is an uncle to the afrobeat star Davido.