By Eric Elezuo                                            Photo: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme

There are very few people in history who can discuss their achievements and general life history without equivocation. Among such people is the immediate past local government chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Comrade Ayodele Adewale. In this no holds barred interview, he brings to bare his experiences both as a person and a public servant.

Major Panox, Chief Dele Momodu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi and Comrade Ayodele Adewale at a beach carnival held at Takuabe , Lagos State
Major Panox, Chief Dele Momodu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi and Comrade Ayodele Adewale at a beach carnival held at Takuabe , Lagos State

Do you have a special way of introducing yourself

My name is simply Ayodele Adewale. Some people know me as Comrade Ayodele Adewale, and because of the platform we occupy we try to identify ourselves with certain appellage

Most people who go by the appellate comrade are always known to fight for the rights of the masses. Are you one of such

Well, I am an activist. My turning point was when I got into the Lagos State University. Though I never wanted to go LASU, I found myself there hoping to go to the University of Lagos, which was my dream school the following year. However, while on campus, I belong to those referred to as club boys; we never wore anything that is not branded. Then I loved photography, and I had my camera. I came into campus at the peak of the military era, and our student union president had been incarcerated for over six months, and there was a lot of turbulence on campus. That was in 1997, and the president was Wale Arigbabu, also known as Bruno. It all started when LASU held a beauty pageantry, which unknown to Bruno, cult boys had chose to use that occasion as a battle ground. At that time, many things were destroyed even at Iba Town; the president was not at Iba but he was robed in by the police, and arrested. His arrest was basically to clamp down on the activities of the student union, knowing very well that LASU students’ union was one of the those clamouring for democracy as at then, and so it was a good opportunity to clamp down on the union. And that was the time I came into campus.






 Comrade Ayodele Adewale , mobilisation and liason officer of PRONACO presenting a PRONACO poster to Prof. Whole Soyinka, Vice Chairman PRONACO


So on this day, I was coming into campus when I encountered some people gathering at a place called Abe Igi. This is a place people gather to relax. I was with my camera taking shots, and then behold it was Chief Gani Fawehinmi addressing the crowd, and before we know it, Operation Sweep came into the campus and began releasing tear gas into the crowd, and we all dispersed.

But a year before then, I use to have a friend called Kayode Ilesanmi. He always comes around to feed us with happenings within and around the school. Then LASU was seen as a glorified secondary school because the facility was used by Awori Secondary School, and he used to tell me how everything was, and I vowed that I will never school there, but there was this day when he came around and talked about the school, and I was like if I come into your school, would people allow me to become your student union president? He laughed it off and told me that it can never get to me because it is rotated, and even at that, the law students would always win the election, more so, the rotation will not bring it to Science faculty as I was studying Chemistry. When I eventually came in, Kayode took me to the Parliament.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, consulting with late Chief Anthony Enahoro, leader of PRONACO while Prof. Whole Soyinka, deputy leader of PRONACO looks on
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, consulting with late Chief Anthony Enahoro, leader of PRONACO while Prof. Whole Soyinka, deputy leader of PRONACO looks on

I came in a bit late though, for I should have come in 1992 as I was planning to go abroad, a decision my parents objected because they felt the energy in me will get me into trouble. So they reasoned I needed the father-mother figure around me because I was the first child and no parent allows their first child to wander very far. Earlier in 1979/80, my mother had wanted to relocate us to the United Kingdom, but my father will not have it. That was how I roamed around until I decided to join my friends in Nigerian schools. Even before then, I would have joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as my father’s friend, late Commodore Adefowora, provided an opportunity which worked out for me but my father preferred I become an engineer.


When we got to the Parliament, I met Hon. Sunmi Agunbiade (SOB) now majority leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, but on this day, the speaker with the magical broom, Rt. Hon. Sarumi, was in charge. He was so called because then the Operation Sweep outfit, the cult boys and all were on our trail, wanting to attack us, and he came one day with this broom which he claim was going to sweep everybody away. While he was speaking, I challenge him (SOB) to the surprise of everyone. I had the courage because I knew a lot about the university before I got there, and I was not intimidated. I actually spoke responsibly and made my mark. I was just in 100 level then. And he (SOB) wanted to know me, and that was how we began and became friends. And together we went to court, under Justice Rhodes Vivor, for Bruno’s release. About six months later, Bruno was released and we became good friends.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, executive chairman Amuwo Odofin Local Government present a gift to Mama Adeboye, wife of Pastor Adeboye
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, executive chairman Amuwo Odofin Local Government present a gift to Mama Adeboye, wife of Pastor Adeboye

So how did campus life kick off after that

Actually, I was a member of the welfare committee, and because I was a good cook, I knew the cost of food items in the market. Again, a friend of mine, Jaji Saheed Olatunde (Jaji 101) was the welfare director, so I used the platform to change a lot of things on campus such as eating in clean environment and buying food worth the value. One thing I did not do was to taste the food, and I told my members that once you taste the food or eat free food, you are compromised, and cannot administer punishment, and may even be blackmailed.

Obviously, thing were going fine

Yes, and that was when it dropped into my mind to contest the presidency of the Students’ Union. I was only in 200 level. My friends were like ‘don’t try it, you won’t win’, but I told them I can smell victory. But they backed off. I was alone. So I got an envelope and began to go from class to class soliciting fund; it was not that I don’t have the N1,700 to buy the form, but I needed every contributor to put his eyes and mind where his or her money is. That day, we raised N4000 and those that left me came back. The long and short of the story is that I won the election, beating eight other candidates who were in 400 and 500 levels including SOB’s candidate because SOB was the president of the students union then.

And then the activism actually began. While we launched a campaign demanding the release of MKO Abiola led by SOB Agunbiade’s administration, the Daniel Kalu group was asking for General Sani Abacha. So we were always on the streets. During the course, I was almost killed at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife where we went to declare to give all our support to MKO Abiola under the platform of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).


You must have escaped death more than ones, could you talk about them

Yes, during the protest of the killing of the Ogoni Nine, with Ken Saro Wiwa leading, we were in front of Mamman Kotangora House on Lagos Island during one of the anniversary of the killing when members of Operation Sweep swoop in on us. From close to 2,000 people we thinned down to about 30. Comrade Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters, and myself visibly leading the protest. The squad was authorized to shoot us on sight. But for the intervention of Abubakar Tsav, who was the Commissioner of Police then, our lives were saved. He told the Army to stand down. Later on in life, I met Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Gani Fawehinmi et al. Then I worked with the June 12 Coalition where I served as the mobiliasation and liaison officer with Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti as the Dep Chairman, Chief Anthony Enahoro as Chairman, Prof. Wole Soyinka as Vice Chairman, Prof. Jadesola Akande as head of legal department, Babaomojola as secretary, Comrade Wale Okunniyi as PRO and others. And then with Prof. Wole Soyinka, Comrade Wale Okunniyi, we formed the Citizens Forum, and went ahead to form PRONACO and Joint Action Forum (JAF).

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, executive chairman, Amuwo Odofin LG and pupils of LA primary school Igbo Alejo, a riverine community in Amuwo Odofin LG during the commissioning of a block of six classrooms in 2014
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, executive chairman, Amuwo Odofin LG and pupils of LA primary school Igbo Alejo, a riverine community in Amuwo Odofin LG during the commissioning of a block of six classrooms in 2014

Last year, you turned 40, meaning that you were so young when all you narrated happened. How were you able to cope considering the exigency and experience required

It is not about the age; it is about the content and the relationship. I find it easier to relate with people much older than me and those much younger. Prior to my coming to office, even before entry to the university, my very close friends were very much older. I find it easier with them because they have nothing to complain to you about. More so, many of their peers are no longer alive, and they need company, and they tend to be very open to a younger person they easily converse with. Your questions help them and they love it. All in all, I was privileged to have related with them; there was nothing like complex. I give them their respect during round table argument. Once I brought out a topic with Prof. Jadesola Akande, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Babaomojola, Chief Alfred Olere, Chief Edet Uno among others. The issue was on the age discrepancy in the Nigerian Constitution.


I said if people can vote at the age of 18, why can’t they be voted for. If we consider royalty; some people have become rulers at lesser age, even from the womb. I then asked at what age is a person allowed to be enlisted into the army, and I was told 18, and that if such a person dies he is called a hero. So my argument was if you can die for your nation, why can’t you serve your nation, and the argument went to PRONACO plenary. You must understand that at 21, Matthew Mbu was a High Commissioner; at 26, Ken Saro Wiwa served under Diette Spiff who was 25 as Governor. Consider Barr. Titi Akosa, who finished Law School at 21. So if you can interpret the law, why can’t you make the law? Now, in the private sector, once you are 25, they tell you, that you are no longer employable, and even then you are expected to have garnered five years experience. We have seen bank managers at 25 and 26 who oversee millions of naira, and they are telling us you must be 30 years to contest for House of Reps and Assembly, local government chairman, 35 years for governorship and senate and 40 years to contest for president, knowing full well that science says that at 40, the brain cells start dying. Women start getting to menopause, and even men start getting prostate. You energy is far utilized at younger age. In the army, once you are 25, no one enlists you. A man of 22 who becomes governor has nothing else to think about but the job; not family, in fact, I was almost forced to marry because they said that a chairman cannot be in office without getting married. Yes, I loved my wife but I would have loved to be in office without thought of family because I had planned work 24 hours without anybody bugging me about coming home. Nigeria doesn’t need people who will be thinking about liabilities if it must transform. You can be working and you are shot dead, so liabilities shouldn’t be part of the administrator’s portfolio. Just imagine what Buhari is facing. I know he is not happy because of his old age.  He would have wished that he is much younger to do far greater things that will require much energy. He came on board with vision, but look at how the National Assembly is messing up the whole thing and making him spend much energy on little things. President Buhari is a blessing to this nation, but how I wish he is much younger. We need younger people to come on board.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, chief Bisi Akande, Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunbu
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, chief Bisi Akande, Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunbu


So how has the proposal gone

We thank God for Hon. Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader House of Representative and the young man who brought up the bill in the House of Representatives. The House of Representative is proposing 25 years of age as political bench mark to contest for Chairman of local government, state house of assembly and house of representative as against 30 years which is presently in the Nigerian constitution while proposing 30 years of age for Governor, Senate and President as against 35 years and 40 years for President but this is not acceptable. We believe that 18 years should be the bench mark to contest any political office. It is the people that will determine who they want through an election.

So what age are we clamouring for

18 years. This should be the benchmark. Anybody that can convince the people to vote for him should carry the mandate. At 33 years, Jesus Christ had concluded His mission.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, presenting a position paper against the age restriction at the plenary session of PRONACO in 2006
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, presenting a position paper against the age restriction at the plenary session of PRONACO in 2006

Don’t you think that at 18 years, someone is still a boy and maybe educationally nowhere

It doesn’t matter. At Harvard, there are people who came in at 11 years; they are called juniors. A certain boy at LASU came in at 12 years. At 13 and 14 years, he was already giving tutorials to 400 level students.

But those are special cases

Yes, people that should be elected must be special people, not moribund, but people who can translate thoughts to reality. It’s not about age, but about opportunity. Your publisher, Mr. Dele Momodu is a genius. He started at a young age and was dinning with kings and queens. What make you think the special person who has something to offer can live to be 40 years, so why set an age barrier. It needs to be opened up, let it be competitive. Now to become a governor in any state, you must have nothing less than N20 billion; this is a fact. For the primaries, you must have at least N2 billion. To even become a local government chairman, before buying of form, you must be able to cough out at least N7, 000,000. Where do you get it from? But if you can minister to your age group, they will stand by you and support you without any financial inducement.

So how did you pull through since you have been there

I never had money. In fact, I sold my mother’s Nissan bluebird 2.0 which she gave to me for N32, 000 to produce my handbills. God used people for like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunbu, Prof. Jadesola Akande, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for my political up lifting to pull through, because I had been closer to them by privilege. Most of my contemporaries were not so lucky. Even while in the University, I was expelled from school during the military era for protesting against military dictatorship. Perhaps providence helped me. The first big money I got was from Prof. Jadesola Akande; she gave me N100, 000. I campaigned everyday for four years. I already had a platform called Alaba Olajide campaign organisation. We were supporting Mrs. Olajide for chairman, but she died mysteriously before the election and there was a gap. After her death someone came on board and spent five years and four months. From Mrs. Alaba Olajide’s group, I submitted my programmes, mostly on infrastructural development and good governance. The people promised to support if only I was willing to work towards my programmes.

How and where did you finish school since you said you were expelled

Ah, I was not the only one, all members of the students’ union parliament were expelled and recalled after a concerted struggled that lasted for one week, for we gave the authorities tough time and made the school ungovernable, highly ungovernable and they had no other choice than to reinstate us. I was even denied my certificate and my NYSC call-up letter. I went through the Students Affairs office to the Records office up to the Senate, yet no one agreed that he or she had seen my result. But for the first time in the history of LASU, the record office printed my letter even without the letter from the Students Affairs office. This was as a result of pressure I unleashed on them. The deputy faculty officer, who signed my clearance form was demoted. But even at that, the Students’ Affairs still refused to release my letter. Then I did it my way: I went to the campus and mobilized students and they locked the gate. Mr. Anthony Olusanya, a  senior member of staff and Mr. Louis came and asked for peace while they went to discuss with the Vice Chancellor, and afterwards, came out with my NYSC call up letter. By that time, it was already getting late, and my parents had no money at home, but I still left unprepared with just two shirts and two jeans with the assistance of a friend by name, Miss Tayo Bisiriyu. I travelled that night with the last bus but could not get a seat so they had to give me a stool called attachment. I was used to travelling that way as a student activist and a former public relations officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). Well, despite all the challenges encountered on the way, I got to my destination, Insiti Atai Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, and immediately I entered, the gate was locked, barring many other people from coming in. It was just divine! An Akwa Ibom old woman showed me favour and always surprised me with more food than others got.


As an anti-cultist student’s activist, I know I was an endangered specie, and for the fact that there were not much LASUITES around, I dissolved into oblivion.  While sitting alone one day, a guy named Segun approached me on my first day in camp. He gave me a lot of things that I needed, but the NYSC food was really terrible, and that was why I ensured that no Corper lived below average when I was LGA Chairman.

How did you ensure that

I paid doctors serving in the riverine areas the sum of N100, 000 with a well furnished apartment including DSTV facility, but they must remain there except for weekends. Those in the upland were paid N70, 000; teachers received N35, 000 at the upland and N50, 000 at the riverine while Engineers were paid N40, 000 among others. Amuwo Odofin LG was like Chevron Oil Company, and everybody wanted to work in it. At a time, I was paying Corps members’ allowance to the tune of N5.3 million. The records are there for you to check

Was your source from Federal Allocation and internally derived revenue

Both. I was able to improve on my Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and as the third highest federal allocation earner in the state, I was able to use the money judiciously. It was not like the money was coming in bulk, but there was goodwill here and there.


Well, I can ask a contractor to do a road for us, and while he is on it, I will be paying in trickles according to the resources available, and things were moving well. At a time, I was collecting overdraft from banks, and it has 21 per cent interest, but by the end of two weeks, I would have paid. I saved a lot of interest percentage from this system, and was reinvesting them.


So how was life in Uyo

Uyo was very nice. I had to keep myself very busy. I was the president of NYSC Youths and Tourism Club. I hardly go home because I had to find a good tourist site before the end of the month so that our club members can visit.

On passing out of camp, it was some Believers’ Love World worshippers (Corps members) that first accommodated us in their one room. We were six in number, and they were ladies who vacated their room. But an incident made me move out after all my friends had been posted to other local government area. One night I slept in the same room with one of the girls alone. She was more like scared and wore tight, jeans and every protective gadget. I felt bad and embarrassed about it myself and had to leave after I had been looking for accommodation without success. I perched with one Kuku a LASU graduate.

At the time, I was helping Asiwaju with his campaign for his second term as well as Mrs. Alaba Olajide, so I needed a place I can easily shuttle from.  But I was posted to the interior, and I needed to come to the town because of telephone network service. Well, the Zonal Inspector cut me a deal, and asked me not to give him trouble. So I was posted to the Governor’s Office under Governor Victor Attah. I created a scene once when President Olusegun Obasanjo was to visit Uyo but represented by his wife, late Chief Mrs. Stella Obasanjo; at the gathering I wore a cap that has Asiwaju notable symbol (The broken chain). Everyone was like ‘who is that person’ with that cap at this gala night. From that day on, I was monitored. At a point then, Asiwaju Bola Tinunbu had wanted to appoint me as his SA on Students and Youths, but I missed it for some reasons.


But for my Zonal Inspector, I still gave him trouble because they were collecting N1, 000 from each corps member, and called it all sorts of name. I felt that was oppressive, and the struggle started again. I succeeded and the Z.I was removed. I was also threatened that my passing out NYSC certificate will not be given to me, but I got it. One thing I lost in all these was the SA position Asiwaju promised me, and I couldn’t reach Asiwaju again one on one because by the time I came back to Lagos, the security networks had been changed following the assassination of Chief Bola Ige.

Senator Afikoyomi then brought me on board. STA was running for the governorship position then. He made me his Special Assistant on Students, Youths and programs and from there to PRONACO. I was earning income from both places.

As a four year old boy, I had always followed Chief Obafemi Awolowo because my dream has always been to become the President of this country. So while people were chasing after money on graduation from school, I was just passionate for my civil society work. I was once taken to Alhaji Alinco Dagote’s office at Falomo Ikoyi to drop my CV, and I was to start on N120, 000 per month in 1994, but I didn’t follow it up; my passion had been civil society, so I followed it and here I am.


With all these, would you described yourself as a violent person

No, I am not


So what was your mechanism for all these achievements

I am not violent. We used a peaceful non-violent approach to confront violence. But people see activists as violent because we rebel against anti-peoples policy. It’s just that even when they are shooting, we don’t run. If the Police like, let them come here and shoot; I won’t run. We have this mind that what would be would be. But because I went to LASU, which was known as one of the most violent institutions in Nigeria then because of so many cult clashes, and some people believe that for you to be the President of LASU, you must be a very violent person, or must be a cultist; I was never. All through my political history, you can investigate; I never raise my hand against a person, or ordered that anybody be attacked. They have used thugs to attack me here, and threw broken bottles at me, giving me serious head injury but I always follow the rule of law, and still I have two cases in court. As Chairman of local government, I was attacked severally even at gun point.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale, honourable member, Student's parliamentary council, Lagos State University and other members of the parliament in 1998
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, honourable member, Student’s parliamentary council, Lagos State University and other members of the parliament in 1998

You had a wonderful credential as a local government chairman, why were you being attacked

First, why was Chief Obafemi Awolowo attacked? Why was Asiwaju Bola Tinunbu persecuted and why was Chief MKO Abiola persecuted? The reason is that we fight against injustice and crime which people feed on. But unfortunately, those perpetrating these crimes are in uniform. They use the uniform as shield and have accomplice within the corridor of power, and that is what is happening. Amuwo Odofin LG as a case study, was known for cyber crime, drugs, kidnapping and their kingpins are all around. This place was called Cocaine Avenue. In fact the highest ransom to kidnapers was paid here in Amuwo Odofin LG. They collected $1 million. Who orchestrated this – Police, led by ACP Dan Okoro; who vandalise oil pipelines – Police. It is on record that ACP Dan Okoro formed a criminal group called Community Policing Youth Vanguard led by one Emmanuel Uba, a.k.a Onwa. They get money from crimes, change it to dollars and repatriate part of it to Abuja, to their pay masters. And I was quick to expose them, and the best they could do was to form a gang to suppress governance here. We were once having the Festival Town Resident Association (FTRA) election, and ACP Dan Okoro came with all policemen under his command even the traffic police popularly known as yellow and black. On that very day, Okoro’s boys removed the mic from my hand while I was addressing members as the chairman of the local government; Okoro was there and made no arrest, and the guy is walking free. This is a guy who a dead body was found in his house. The body was taken to the Nigerian Navy morgue where autopsy was carried, and the case was buried. They will burst pipeline and Police will escort the product down to the bridge, and nothing was done, and I kept reporting. Two policemen were killed by Okada riders and nothing was done. Just in case, check out all bikes in FESTAC, none of them has a license number. How do you then identify the criminals?


Once, a brave police officer, a northern DPO, called Muazu, was posted to FESTAC Town. He was the one that busted the crime where two brothers were nabbed; they were known to consume human bodies. He was brought in from Warri, but Okoro plotted that Muazu be taken away because he was not playing ball with him. Muazu will arrest criminals, take them to Okoro and Okoro will release them. He said his religion as a Moslem will not support that, and so he decided to always transfer his case to Zone two or Lagos State Police Command. The Cynthia case did not happen in FESTAC, but somewhere in Amuwo, Lake View Estate for sure. The name of the hotel was not mentioned: Okoro collected money and kept the real identity of the hotel from the public. I wrote to IG Abubakar, who was Okoro’s boss; the matter died. I wrote to the Police Service Commission, and nothing happened. At a time the power that be in Abuja got involved and tried to use it to subdue me here so as to win the election. They wanted me dead, and I have to get armed guards. Once, my guards were attacked. I have many other matters with the Police, but nothing is coming out, even though Okoro has been transferred to Akure. They even attacked the Council with guns. The Lagos State House of Assembly had to investigate the matter and came out with a resolution to ban the group.

Itemise some of your achievements in office

Well, we made giant strides in the area of development, particularly on health. When I came in, we had just one doctor, but I employed 27 doctors including physiotherapist, medical psychologists, nurses, and worked closely and strongly with the NYSC and the Military. The United States of America marines donated a clinic to us. We also collaborated with some agencies and companies. We had over 3,000 babies born with zero mortality. None paid for delivery; the council bore the cost, and any time I meet them in the hospital, I give them N10, 000. There was no power disruption in the health centres; staff were well remunerated and more. There was regular EPI services as well as cancer and prostate screening. We won the best local government on health back to back for two years given by the Lagos State government and many other organisations. In total, we won over 170 awards for various activities of development and we even got an award at the United Nation head quarters in New York.

Comrade Adewale, Asiwaju tinubu and others
Comrade Adewale, Asiwaju tinubu and others

We also built 15 ultra modern toilets with treatment plants in our primary schools. I also gave out 420, 000 note books to pupils. We gave out free uniforms to all the students. We put air conditioners in some head teachers office as well as provide computer laboratories. We employed one gardener and two cleaners for each of our 22 primary schools so that the children will concentrate better at school. We recruited teachers using interns and trained by our educational consultant. We used NYSC corps members as teachers, especially those who read education in school.  We also built four new primary schools both at the upland and riverine areas.


In environment, we planted over 5000 trees and removed those whose roots were destroying our drainages. We established the Amuwo Odofin Green Club, made up of youths who were taught the act of horticulture. We also partnered with ICLEAR on climate change advocacy, and we did recycling and won several awards. We are the only local government in Nigeria till date that has a climate change unit. With our effort, we reclaimed a land on 6th Avenue using recycled silt.

We had monthly security meetings. Note that it was not only the Police that was under us; the army, navy, NSCDC and others. In my six years, there was no bank robbery of any kind. We made a policy that all beer parlors must close by 10 pm. Pubs can run for 24 hours provided they have CCTV. We further understood that we have the best local economy in Nigeria, according to a CBN report.

Staff Welfare – We conducted a lot of staff training both in Nigeria and abroad. All staff office had A/C. We had a medical policy for staff that covers them and any member of their family. There was a staff whose child had a whole in the heart, and we had to sponsor the baby to India for treatment. We bought black berry phones, iPAD, laptops and more for staff functions. We ran an E- governance administration. We also bought vehicles I.E 30 Kia products for head of departments and others, bus for NULGE, 50 bicycles for interior assignments, 20 Corola’s, TATA truck for the environmental unit, ambulances, dumpers, swamp buggies, motor bikes, Toyota Tundras, boats et al . You know government gets money regularly than the private sector; it’s just that many governments are not prudent enough to spend it.

On sports, we did a lot. From the 37th position in Ibinle Lagos State sport Festival, we landed on 7th after two editions. We did best in swimming and boxing. We bought bikes for cycling and even participated in Obudu Marathon Games. We functioned under a consultant.

In Agriculture, we worked with FADAMA to provide incentives for our local farmers. We even grew rice. We worked with the Lagos State Micro-Finance Bank and Cowries Micro-Finance to provide loans at 1.5 per cent of interest, and it helped small scale businesses to grow.

Can you say you came, saw and conquered

You can say so, but I cannot say I conquered, but I came and I saw. I was almost impeached at some time because I refused to compromise to the old order like Alhaji Balarabe Musa, but I thank God and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunbu who was very objective demanded that the full democratic process be allowed.

What is your relationship with Asiwaju as at today

Father and son, and very solid

Comrade Adewale and Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Comrade Adewale and Bola Ahmed Tinubu

After now, what next

I am now in business. I refused to go to the House of Representative rather I sponsored a young progressive person by name Mr. Segun Akinyelure. We brought Segun Akinyelure, a 30 year old to go in and fight against the age political bench mark that is not equitable, but I was betrayed. The bible says, ‘The household of a man is his enemy’. While I was focusing on administration, I placed the political issues in my in-laws hands and they betrayed me. The most vulnerable person in politics is somebody in power, not the one still coming in.

Considering your passion for service and the presidency, will you run some day

I am going to run for the presidency; I am going to run for governorship, all at the right time. Again, after I have received clearance from Asiwaju. I will run for President, I will run for governor; whichever one comes first.

Which exactly, because there is no way you can run for presidency first, and then return for governorship

That’s right, but if I run for governorship first, they will go there and wait for us. So you wait and see. It is capital intensive though. I don’t know how I will do it because to run for the presidency, you must have at least N20 billion. The system is a moneybag system, and we need to change it because the people that have the spirit to develop this country don’t have the financial muscle.

Sir, considering your relationship with Asiwaju, if he leaves APC today, what happens to you

If he leaves I leave; he is my political godfather. If I decide to stay, who am I going to stay with? You cannot reason with people who cannot reason with you. Our relationship is more ideological. Asiwaju is somebody who will empower you, speaks to you and assumes you will also use your own intelligent to compliment it.

Please rate the Buhari administration

President Buhari’s administration is doing well. President Buhari is putting mechanisms in place for a sustainable development. His eight year reign may not take us to Eldorado, but the generations to come will have a solid foundation to build on. People will not understand because they want a quick fix, and today’s Nigeria does not need a quick fix.

Shouldn’t there have been a cushioning effect while the fixing is ongoing

The present situation cannot provide for it due to drop in revenue and economic sabotage.  The situation is like a sinking boat, and drastic measures must be taken or everyone sinks. I am affected; everybody is affected. Nothing good comes easy. The developed countries achieved it through hard work, sacrifices and well laid foundation. We must also work hard and lay good foundation. I believe that a worker deserves his or her wages, and so everyone must take care of his workers, and the workers must take care of their jobs. It is not all about the elected leaders; it’s about everybody. We must also diversify our economy from oil to scientific and technological advancement, human capital development and agriculture.


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