Governor Adeleke recounted his experience after losing the 2018 governorship election....
By Moses Adebiyi
During the combined convocation ceremonies of Adeleke University in Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke emphasized that age should not be seen as a hindrance to achieving educational goals. He shared that in order for his aspiration to become governor in 2022 to be approved, one of the requirements was for him to complete his schooling.
Governor Adeleke recounted his experience after losing the 2018 governorship election, mentioning that he faced severe personal attacks and assaults. To escape these challenges and fulfill his educational obligations, he had to leave the country and successfully complete his degree program. This decision was strongly influenced by his elder brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke, who insisted that he either finish his education or give up his ambition to run for governor in 2022.
He said, “Dr Tajudeen Adeleke encouraged me to move ahead. Before I went on exile, he called me to a meeting where we discussed. He told that I should look at what I have been subjected to, by those saying I was not educated. He advised that I should go to America for studies.
“He said the only thing I can do for Osun people, if I am ready to be governor, I must get educated, I must complete my education, without completing it, I should forget my governorship ambition.
“At my age then, I successfully re-enrolled and completed my degree programme. I am proud of that achievement and I thank my family and friends for their total support. I came back to re-contest in 2022 as a brand new graduate. The rest is now history. What is the lesson? Our age must never be a barrier to educational pursuit. What we need is commitment and passion to succeed.”
During his address, Dr. Deji Adeleke, the founder of the university, expressed his belief that Nigerians have the power to bring about positive change in the country if they are determined to do so.
Dr. Adeleke further discussed the issue of poor followership among many Nigerians. He shared an incident where components of a turbine imported for the 1250MW power plant he was constructing in Ajebandele, Ondo State, were looted by individuals.
He appealed to Nigerians who genuinely desire a better country to actively contribute to nation-building instead of solely blaming those in positions of authority.