Ogun 2019: Shock and disbelief as Ogun West Elders Adopt Akinlade consensus candidate of APC
Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade
London, september 6, 2018 (Altafrica)-Elders of the Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun state, Nigeria on Wednesday night adopted Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, representing Yewa-South/Ipokia Federal Constituency at the National Assembly as the consensus governorship candidate of All Progressives Party (APC), for the 2019 general election in the state.
Meanwhile, the choice Akinlade has not gone down well with some members of Yewa APC particularly the youths who say the elders have gone for money rather than the interest of the Yewa zone
AltAfrica.com learnt Alhaji Ajibola Olagbaye, who is the Chairman of OGUN West APC elders Caucus made the announcement early Thursday morning, at the residence of one time Secretary to the Ogun State Government and Head of Service, who was an elder from Yewa, late Deacon Poju Adeyemi, after an earlier meeting held with governor Ibikunle Amosun in the presence of the party executives, elders and other aspirants.
Akinlade, who hails from Ipokia Local Government Area of the state and tax expert, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Lagos State University.
Speaking after the announcement, as a sign of commitment, one of the aspirants and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunmbi, commended the leadership of the party in the Senatorial District, for doing a great job.
He congratulated Akinlade, assuring him of his unflinching support and that of other aspirants.
Mr. Dapo Oke, a stakeholder, who said, “indeed we are happy today to hear the choice of Hon. Akinlade, commended other aspirants for being part of history.
Senator Kola Bajomo, on his part, said, “in order that we will not be working against ourselves in Ogun West, we came together and we unanimously agreed on the choice of Hon. Akinlade.
Responding, Akinlade, popularly known as Triple A thanked the elders and other aspirants, saying it is a project and vision for all, assuring party faithful that he would operate an all inclusive government.
The 49-year old lawmaker is a member of the House Committees on army, finance, FCT area councils and ancillary matters, climate change, public procurement, steel, insurance and actuarial matters.
Akinlade was born on the 9th of October 1969 to the Akinlade family of Ipadilpopo Compound in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.
As a young boy, Adekunle spent his early formative years travelling across the country with his father, who was an army officer and this informed his non-tribal personality in years later.
He attended Children House School and St. Anne’s Primary School both in Ibara Abeokuta before proceeding to Army Children Primary School, Akure where he completed his primary education.
Adekunle Akinlade moved to Ilaro in 1982 to live with Chief John Olaifa, his paternal uncle, a devoted Muslim and disciplinarian. While in Ilaro, he was enrolled into Emmanuel Comprehensive High School Ilaro and later Yewa High School Ajilete from where he obtained his WAEC in 1988.
He had a short stint at College of Preliminary Studies, Yola for his A’Level. Adekunle was admitted to Lagos State University (LASU) as a direct entry student in 1991 to study Political Science.
As an ardent believer in equity and justice, he contested the Students’ Union President seat of LASU at the height of political activism of the early 1990s. Although he did not win, Adekunle Akinlade continued to play very active role in the University’s political space. Upon graduation in 1995, he proceeded to observe the mandatory one-year NYSC scheme.
It was while serving at NNPC Staff School Warri, Delta State that Adekunle Akinlade first cut his teeth in business with a $120 (One Hundred and Twenty USD) assignment to secure flight reservations and this became the seed over the next four years before relocating to the UK in the year 2000.
While in the UK, he enrolled for a short course on Commodity Trading and consequently established Clevland Investment Management Limited, which traded in commodities and other derivatives.
After spending almost seven years in the UK, Adekunle Akinlade returned to Nigerian in 2007.
In collaboration with other software developers, Clevland launched the VCHEKMOBILETM platform, a revenue automation data processing system that enable State Governments to track, collate and collect Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) efficiently. The Company currently provides services in many states across the country.
He was the MD/CEO of Clevland Investment Management Limited until his appointment as Senior Special Assistant to Governor Amosun on Taxation & Revenue between 2011 and 2014.
In this capacity, Adekunle Akinlade oversaw the Directorate of other Taxes at the Board of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Ogun State.
Adekunle Akinlade was redeployed in January 2014 to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development where he displayed exceptional skills before resigning in October of the same year to contest the House of Representatives seat.
He was the National Coordinator of Yewa/Awori Concerned Professional (YACP) – an Ogun West pressure group.
He served in the transition committee on Finance of Sen. Ibikunle Amosun in 2011.
Adekunle Akinlade holds a degree in Political Science from Lagos State University. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) and John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
Triple A attended the 2013 Entrepreneurship short study course at the University of Wisconsin USA. Incidentally, this erudite business man from Agosasa and an ally of the Governor, as he finally gets Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s blessing.
Meanwhile, there will be a Press Conference today to announce and pesent Ogun West APC Consensus candidate at the Party state secretariat in Abeokuta as disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Otunba Dayo Adeneye.