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Why I Returned To School After Losing 2018 Governorship’s Race – Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State has advised Nigerians not to let their age prevent them from pursuing their educational goals.

Governor Adeleke who spoke on Sunday said one of the requirements he had to meet in order for his 2022 governorship aspirations to be supported by all was that he finish his schooling.

He made this known while delivering a keynote speech at Adeleke University’s combined 9th undergraduate and 5th postgraduate convocation ceremonies on Sunday, where 75 postgraduate and 537 undergraduate students received various degrees.

The governor added that he had to leave the country to escape the attack and finish his degree programme after his elder brother, Dr Deji Adeleke, insisted he must finish his education or give up his 2022 governorship ambition.

The governor claimed that after losing the 2018 governorship election, he was subjected to the worst personality attacks and assaults.

“Dr Tajudeen Adeleke encouraged me to proceed,” he claimed. He summoned me to a meeting before I left for exile, where we talked.

He advised me to consider the criticism I have received for allegedly lacking education. He suggested that I pursue my studies in America.

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“He said the only thing I can do for Osun people if I am ready to be governor is that I must get educated, I must complete my education, and 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.”

The university’s founder, Dr Deji Adeleke, stated in his speech that Nigerians could change the nation for the better if they made a firm commitment to doing so.

Dr  Adeleke noted that approximately 120 corps members who worked as INEC ad hoc staff during the 2022 Osun governorship election abruptly vanished on election day to thwart the exercise and did not show up at their different polling units until the leadership of the scheme threatened them.

Adeleke bemoaned the bad attitude of many Nigerians towards nation-building, which in his opinion was hurting the country.

Adeleke continued the criticism of his fans by claiming that someone had stolen parts from the uninstalled turbine that had been imported for the 1250 MW power plant he was constructing in Ajebandele, Ondo State.

He asked Nigerians who desired a prosperous nation to make their fair share of contributions to nation-building and to quit placing the onus of responsibility on those in positions of power.

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