Life and Times of Serubawon, Senator Isiaka Adeleke
First Executive Governor of Osun State and Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was born on 15 January 1955 to the family of Senator Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke.
He was born in Enugu and spent his early years in the city until the beginning of the Nigerian civil war.
He started his primary education at Christ Church School, Enugu before moving to Ibadan. He completed his secondary education at Ogbomoso Grammar School.
Adeleke holds a Bachelor Of Arts Degree, and a master’s degree In Public Administration. He was Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Pro-Chancellor And Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Senator Adeleke, popularly known as Serubawon died today at Bikets Hospital in Oshogbo the Osun state capital after suffering a heart attack according to family sources. He was 62 years.
During the Nigerian third republic, Adeleke ran for governor of the newly created Osun State which was carved out from Oyo State. He was a member of SDP, the dominant party in the state but he was not initially favored to win.
The front runner was a lawyer, Oladipo Oladosu. But after a close primary in which Adeleke came second, Adeleke was able to win a runoff.
He was then elected the first civilian governor of Osun State in 1992.
Notable decisions made by Adeleke was the establishment of a polytechnic at Iree, a college of technology at Esa-Oke and the completion of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation.
However, in 1994, after the dissolution of the republic, Adeleke pitched his tent with the opposition group, Afenifere.
He later switched to join Democratic Party of Nigeria, a new political party with support from close associates of late General Sani Abacha.
In 2007, Adeleke was elected senator for Osun West. His main competitor was Mudasiru Oyetunde Hussein, standing for the Action Congress.
Hussein had spent two terms in the House of Representatives (1999–2007) as a member of the Alliance for Democracy party in a Lagos State constituency, but originated from Osun state. Hussein appealed the election unsuccessfully.
Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Integration and Cooperation, Housing and Air Force.
In March 2008, he instituted a scholarship award for about 100 indigent students in tertiary institutions across the country.
In July 2009, as chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke praised the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying “so far INEC has performed creditably well”.
During his life time, the three-term Senator supported the rights of Nigerians living abroad to vote in Nigerian elections.
Adeleke, before his death was allegedly eyeing the governorship seat in Osun ahead of the 2018 election in the state.
The three-term Senator currently represents Osun West Senatorial district, having won the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in 2015.
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