Isiaka Adeleke’s Second Chance


Senator Isiaka Adeleke is one of the few politicians to whom providence has been most kind.

Reason: the Ede, Osun State-born politician and first civilian governor of Osun State has had a checkered political career, having served as a Senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007. While he held that position, Adeleke reportedly enjoyed life to the hilt. But very few of his followers in Osun State, it was alleged, got the dividends of democracy, which he promised them during his campaign. This, we gathered, resulted in his failure to get their votes in 2011. He lost to Mudasiru Oyetunde Hussein, hence he could not return to the Red Chamber.

He, however, bounced back when he joined the All Progressive Congress (APC), with the active support of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Interestingly, since he returned to the Senate on the platform of the APC, he is said to be extending the dividends of democracy to his constituents.  The popular saying now in the state is that he has become ‘born-again’, politically.