Ekiti Decides: ADP’s Adewale, Candidate With No Godfather
Except for those in the business world where he operates, not many were aware of who Segun Adewale was until his decision to vie for political position exposed his personality.
Adewale, who is better known as Aeroland, first came into limelight in 2011 when he contested for the Rep seat in Alimosho Federal Constituency in Lagos State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost to the Action Congress of Nigeria.
He again contested for the seat of Lagos West senatorial district at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in 2015 but lost to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adeola Olamilekan, popularly called Yayi.
Not done with his political ambition and aspirations, Aeroland decided to go for a higher political position, which is the governorship seat, of his home stead, Ekiti State.
Adewale, who was a former factional Chairman of the PDP in Lagos is, however, not contesting the governorship under PDP but a different platform, the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Aeroland, who is also called OSAPraPra by his Ekiti supporters left the PDP because of the disagreement he had with Gov Ayodele Fayose over the governorship ticket of the party.
Subsequently, he joined the ADP to pursue his ambition. Adewale has strengthened the ADP since he joined the party.
Adewale's plans for the state if elected is anchored in a 7- point agenda, which he has presented to the people.
His administration’s agenda will be anchored on agriculture, education, electricity generation for the state, workers' welfare, job creation, affordable healthcare and establishment of vocational centers in the 3 senatorial districts.
Adewale has a large number of youths swarming around him. Whether their support is genuine or they just wanted to show solidarity is another matter.
But sure, he has tremendously followers from young people.
He is the only one among the leading contenders without a godfather in the state.
This many people say placed him above other candidates as nobody will control him if he becomes the governor.
He is a business man and employer of labour who knows the terrain well.
He is also a philatropist who has impacted on a lot of people.
His choice of a female deputy, Anthonia Omonusi is seen by many as a masterstroke.
Omonusi's choice meets the aspirations of many, who have been clamouring for gender equality.
Omonusi until her nomination as deputy governorship candidate of ADP was a member and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), before she joined the party with thousands of her supporters.
However, the task of becoming the next governor of the state might seem an uphill task for Adewale.
His weaknesses includes the claim that apart from being tagged an inexperienced politician, his party’s structure appears to be relatively weak and could not boast of the leading political figures and personalities needed to garner support.
Adwale’s financial capacity is also a source of worry to many of his supporters, as they have noted that he might not have enough money to prosecute the election in which money might be a huge factor.
Adewale is battling with different political principalities and financial warlords in the other leading parties.
The APC is banking on federal might while the PDP has the power of incumbency its favour.
Adewale attended the University of Ibadan between 1986 and 1990 where he bagged a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography.
He proceeded to obtain his Masters Degree Certificate in Public Administration at the Lagos State University in 1995.
He registered Aeroland Travels and became his own boss when paid employment was not forthcoming.
A business registered on soft loan twenty years ago is today a huge success, with over 300 people on its payroll.