Adeleke Political Dynasty is a colossal in Osun state politics. It has won and lost elections in the state since the beginning of the second republic.
The dynasty after its establishment during the second republic is waxing stronger. Opponents undermining it influence do that at their peril, a relic of All Progressives Congress (APC) debacle in Osun West senatorial district bye election.
Embracing it influence by any politician pave way for an easy ride to victory, a testimony of political synergy between Governor Rauf Aregbesola and late Isiaka Adeleke during the build up to 2014 governorship election.
The patriarch of the movement his late Senator Ayoola Adeleke, a trained nurse and a Labour Activist. He was a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1979 under the platform of the late sage Obafemi Awolowo Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
The baton of leadership after Senator Ayoola was given to late Senator Isiaka Adeleke. He tested the political storm at 37 in 1992 during the third republic under the platform of dominant Social Democratic Party (SDP) to contest for Governor. Isiaka Adeleke was not favoured to win the party primary, the front runner was a lawyer, Oladipupo Oladosu, but Isiaka emerged the party flag bearer after a runoff in a political maneuvering. He came second in the first election.
Emergence of Isiaka as the party candidate signaled a new dawn for the movement, he eventually became the first civilian Governor of the state. He again contested election for Governor in 1999 under All Peoples Party (APP) but lost to Alliance for Democracy political tsunami in the south west. He delivered his country home House of Assembly seats to his party.
He realigned with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2003 to unseat Bisi Akande as Governor, he was denied the party’s ticket but he worked assiduously for the party victory. He was rewarded for his effort with a ticket of Osun West senatorial district to the hallowed chamber in 2007. He defeated his main challenger Mudashiru Oyetunde Hussein of the Action Congress (AC) whom he lost to in 2011.
Isiaka with the Dynasty pitched his tent with APC in 2014 after a fall out with PDP eventual governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore over candidacy of the party at the poll. He teamed up with the incumbent Rauf Aregbesola to defeat Omisore, a political collaboration that determined Aregbesola’s victory according to staunch members of the dynasty.
APC rewarded him with a ticket to the senate to continue his stewardship to great people of Osun West senatorial district, a position he held until his death in April 2017.
Leadership baton fell on Ademola Adeleke who replace his late brother in the senate after he was denied APC ticket by the power that be in the state at their peril.
He decamped to PDP to actualize his political ambition, he defeated his main challenger Mudashiru Hussein, the Governor anointed candidate in nine local government areas out of ten.
Senator Ademola Adeleke will be leading the dynasty to another significant election of PDP governorship election on July 17. He will contest against ten candidates one of which is a seasoned Insurer, Akin Ogunbiyi to determine who will be the party flag bearer during the September 22 governorship election.
Ademola will be banking on his late brother formidable and intact political structures across the thirty local government areas of the state. Sympathy and loyalty for his late brother will sway some delegates to vote for him.
In our politics of money bag where delegates dance with aspirant that can provider higher bid, the family has a money magnet in person of “Assurance” crooner Davido’s father, Deji Adeleke, a silent billionaire and a philanthropist to supply the fund.
He will be contesting against an opponent from his Ede town. A former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adejare Bello who is also in the race in PDP. Adejare is a product of the dynasty. He went his way in 2014 not to decamp with Isiaka Adeleke to APC and became a running mate to PDP candidate.
Members of the dynasty perceived Adejare as a traitor in 2014 for not decamping with his political benefactor to APC and accepting to be running mate to someone that allegedly assaulted late Isiaka. Adejare sees himself as being mature politically, after cutting his teeth within the dynasty and must be able to take decision without external influence.
Survival of the dynasty in the next four years rests on Ademola’s performance at the PDP primary election and the governorship election. Victory for him at the party election and the governorship election will reinforce the dynasty grip on Osun state politics. A defeat for him will be a set back to the dynasty.