In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career, net worth and assets of Governor Ademola Adeleke.
Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was born 13 May 1960.
He is currently the governor of Osun State, and was the senator that represented the Osun-west senatorial district between 2017 and 2019. He is from the Adeleke family of Ede in Osun State.
He contested in the 2022 Osun State gubernatorial election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and defeated incumbent governor, Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the APC who defeated him in the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial election rerun.
Senator Ademola Adeleke became more popular as a society man with love for social engagements after clips of him dancing went viral on several occasions, he was christened the ‘Dancing Senator’ after his emergence as a Senator representing Osun West in a 2017 by-election after the demise of his brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
Born to a rich and popular family in (Adeleke) in Ede, Osun State, Adeleke is married and he is a father of eight including B-Red, Ayootola, Goke, Sinarambo, Adenike, Folasade, and etc. He is also an uncle to popular musician, Davido.
Adeleke commenced his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Surulere Lagos State then 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 Ede Muslim Grammar School Ede, where he finished his secondary school education before relocating to the United States.
As he left Nigeria to continue his studies joining his two other elder brothers in the United States of America.
He started higher studies at Jacksonville State University, Alabama in the United States where he majored in criminal justice and with minor in political science.
After much controversies surrounding his educational qualification, he went back to school and got enrolled at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the United States, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in 2021.
Adeleke is a businessman and administrator; he served as an executive director of Guinness Nigeria Plc from 1992–1999, where his co-directors included General Theophilus Danjuma; he was the group executive director at his brother’s company, Pacific Holdings Limited from 2001 to 2016.
Prior to joining Pacific Holdings Limited, Ademola had worked with Quicksilver Courier Company in Atlanta, Georgia, US, as a service contractor in 1985–1989.
He progressed to Origin International LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, US, a flavours and fragrance manufacturing company as vice president from 1990 to 1994.
Adeleke who is a community member and philanthropist, started his political career in 2001 alongside his late brother Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died in April 2017.
He contested at the Osun west 2017 by-election after the death of his brother, emerging as the winner under the People’s Democratic Party.
Ademola was a member under the All Progressives Congress until he decamped to the People’s Democratic Party in April 2017.
On 23 July 2018, Adeleke emerged as the governorship candidate of PDP in Osun State after defeating Akin Ogunbiyi by seven votes.
Adeleke ran for Osun state governorship election under the PDP against top contenders Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of APC and Iyiola Omisore of SDP on 22 September 2018.
The election was declared inconclusive by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and a rerun slated on 27 September 2018.
The candidate of the APC Oyetola was declared winner after the run-off. Adeleke protested the result describing the election as a “coup”.
On 22 March 2019 the tribunal sitting in Abuja declared Adeleke the winner of the election.
The Supreme Court later affirmed Gboyega Oyetola as the authentic winner of the 2018 Osun State governorship election on Friday, 5 July 2019.
In 2022, Adeleke contested in the gubernatorial election of 16 July under the PDP against incumbent governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Adeleke defeated Gboyega Oyetola with 402,979 votes to 375,077 votes.
Adeleke won in 17 local government areas, including Olorunda, Ede South, Orolu, Osogbo, Odo Otin, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Atakumosa, and Ila.
Adeleke was sworn in as the Governor of Osun State on November 27, 2022.
the net worth of Ademola Adeleke is estimated to be $580 million.
Although he was born into a family of wealth, he added his fortune from different jobs within and outside Nigeria.
The dancing senator is wealthy and can conveniently afford the luxuries of life.
For instance, he once bought Mercedes GLB 250 worth NGN20 million as a gift for his daughter during her graduation from Oakland University in Alabama.
He has luxurious houses, cars like; Range Rover Sport, G-Wagon Mercedes-Benz as well as other properties.