Adedibu Out! Who's Next?

There has been a nasty trend on who actually control Ibadan since inception.

Ibadan really need prayers because it has been in the claws of people below for centuries

and at the death of one another mounted it, causing civil unrest. Though I pray no one will get up this time.

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Who is next?

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Lawyer (proff Itse Sagay) :its a welcome developement , especially for the growth of democracy

in oyo state

Nig ambassador to Ghana and ex lagos state governship aspirant (Obanikoro) : this is a great loss to the nation.

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Who succeeds Adedibu?

With his demise, those familiar with the political climate of Ibadan – the patron-client relationship are left guessing. Even before Adedibu’s emergence, the political terrain in Ibadan was dominated by three political gladiators: Adegoke Adelabu of the NCNC, Adisa Akinloye and Chief Busari Adelakun of the National Party of Nigeria and the Unity Party of Nigeria, respectively – the former, before he died in a motor accident in the first republic while the last two shared the political space in the second republic.

Saturday Sun attempts a periscope of the likely successor to Lamidi Adedibu, this is in spite of the fact that sometime last year, the son had told Saturday Sun in yet another interview that he could not wait to succeed his father – a statement that alluded more to the grand old man’s vice-like grip on politics than any genuine ambition to push Adedibu off the stage.

It is also worthwhile to note that while the elite in Oyo see the demise of Adedibu as a golden opportunity to flush the Adedibu tendencies in Oyo politics down the drain of history, his avowed followers might view a sustenance of the Adedibu myth as the only possible way they can hold their own against a highly cerebral opposition camp – especially as many of the Adedibu protégés do not have the enormous native intelligence with which the old man neutralized the bombastic posturing of the elite.

Gbolarumi, Arapaja eye leadership?

Within his political camp, SATURDAY SUN investigation reveals that there are two contenders for leadership: Hazeem Gbolarumi and Taofeek Arapaja. The former a personal assistant to the late strongman of Ibadan politics was the deputy governor to the incumbent Alao-Akala while the controversial impeachment of Senator Rasheed Ladoja lasted. Hazeem Gbolarumi was a loyal confidant and foot-soldier of Adedibu. Taofeek Arapaja, former chairman of Ibadan South East Local Government and former member of the House of Representatives, is the incumbent deputy-governor of the state. A SATURDAY SUN source disclosed that the deputy governor has a sizeable followership within the Adedibu camp.

“You may not believe this, he has his own political platform, the ARAPAJA FOUNDATION, within the camp even when Baba Adedibu was alive. He has been clever not make it conspicuous, knowing fully well that there can’t be two kings on the throne.” The fifth year anniversary of the Arapaja Foundation would have been celebrated today [Thursday]

Yekeen Adeojo

Former Minister of Aviation, deputy national chairman of the PDP, and gubernatorial contender Alhaji Yekeen Adeojo, is another politician who could attempt to fill the void created by Adedibu’s exit. Adeojo is equally a grassroots mobilizer, with appreciable followership. His several attempts at wresting the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP were undermined by Adedibu’s domineering influence in the party. ‘Adeojo’s camp has been significantly depleted by the Adedibu factor and the fact that he occupies no strategic/lucrative position in government or the party, from where he can dispense patronage, a SATURDAY SUN’ source submitted.

[b]Lam Adesina[/b]

Outside the PDP platform is the former governor of the state under the Alliance for Democracy, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina. Adesina is now a chieftain of the Action Congress. A master of the game who is equally gifted with a mastery of the Yoruba rustic idioms. Like Adedibu, Adesina has followership in the state.

SATURDAY SUN investigations revealed that while Adedibu dismissed all other political gladiators in the state as paper tigers, he paid obeisance to Lam Adesina, albeit, discreetly. The Action Congress gubernatorial candidate in the last April poll, Taoheed Adedoja never proceeded to the tribunal to challenge Alao-Akala’s verdict; a development some members of the opposition parties perceived to be on the instruction of Lam Adesina.

What Lam Adesina has in the ability to mobilize people for election, he lacks in financial harmony.

“Adedibu, in spite of himself was able to sustain his dominance in Oyo politics because he was always ready to assist people financially. He acknowledged the loyalty of his followers and was always ready to succumb to their demands,” an ANPP stalwart told SATURDAY SUN.

Richard Akinjide

In recent times, former Attorney General of the federation, Chief Richard Akinjide has been the rallying point for a group challenging Adedibu’s dominance in Oyo Politics. In the vanguard are former minister for Special Duties in the Abacha regime, Chief Wole Oyelese and Senator Lekan Balogun. In recent times, efforts for true reconciliation by the PDP South-West executive had met with a brick wall on the insistence of the group that a fresh congresses and council elections be conducted in the state.

With Adedibu’s demise, the Akinjide group might want to explore the death of the late Ibadan politician to add vigour to its demands. But Balogun, in a television programme Thursday morning maintained that the inevitable change in the complexion of Oyo politics was already becoming evident even while Adedibu was still alive. A PDP stalwart outside the Adedibu camp however doesn’t see Akinjide gaining ascendancy in the state.

“He’s only fighting Adedibu because he has been excluded from wielding influence in Oyo PDP. Once he gets what he wants from the national secretariat of the party, he will be the first person to denounce the group he now belongs to. Akinjide lives for only Akinjide”.

According to him, it is for this seeming selfishness that Akinjide and his fellow elite have failed to connect with the locals. “When they troop to Adedibu’s house and get the rent on their houses, the school fees of their children and medical bills incurred by their respective families paid, they’d be ready to die for Adedibu. The old man knew this, understood the politics, and played it to the fullest.”


The incumbent governor of the state may want to exploit the demise of Adedibu to install himself as the new leader of the party in the state. In several other states controlled by the party, the state governor doubles as the party leader.

SATURDAY SUN investigations revealed that Akala isn’t comfortable that he has to defer to Adedibu on all issues, but remained faithful to his promise never to fight the old man. He said he would continue to accommodate the strongman until he quit the scene. “If you are expecting me to fight Baba Adedibu, you will have to wait for ever”, the governor had told a team of editors who visited him in Ibadan.

With the Adedibu’s demise, the coast is now clear for him to take told control of the party structure.

[b]Kamoru Adedibu[/b]

He became a senator, using his late father’s political structure. Kamoru in a newspaper interview had declared that he could not wait to succeed his father. With his father’s demise, is Kamoru the heir apparent? SATURDAY SUN investigation reveals that the Abuja senator has no structure of his own. Within the late politician’s camp, it is unlikely that the likes of the incumbent deputy governor, Taofeek Arapaja would kow tow to Senator Kamoru Adedibu.


Incidentally, in all these no mention appears to be made of Tokyo, the popular and controversial state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

The assumption is that Tokyo is not very educated and is often dismissed as a mere thug kingpin. But they easily forget that grand academic profile has never been a major pre-requisite for the leadership of Ibadan politics, or politcs in any part of the country for that matter – or else Adedibu would never have emerged.

Tokyo probably has the most guaranteed loyal army of all – if we factor in the motor parks.

It’s the end of an era

–Niyi Akintola (SAN)

• Nobody can fill the void


–Sen. Lekan Balogun[/b]

A practicing lawyer Niyi Akintola does not agree that there would be a successor to Adedibu. However, he submitted that it’s natural for politicians to try to succeed him.

‘It’s natural for people to try to seek for relevance, to try to manouvre to take the vacuum. But I see Adedibu’s death as the end of an era. I hope that his death will bring sanity to Ibadan, because he succeeded in dividing the elite in Ibadan.

His death will bring the desired sanity. He even succeeded in scattering the traditional institution. He emboldened even the Baales to look straight into the eyes of the Olubadan. It never happened before.

But one must acknowledge that Adedibu played his role. No deception. You know where he stood at least on every issue. He was never an ingrate, he acknowledged contributions of his loyalists in PDP.

Speaking in similar vein, Senator Lekan Balogun described the death of Adedibu as the end of an era, insisting that nobody can fill the void.

“One or two people within his camp, Taofeek Arapaja and Hazeem Gbolarumi may try to ascend. But it’s impossibility. Succession won’t come from within the group, because there’s no Obasanjo in power to prop them up. Adedibu so called dominance came with Obasanjo…Actually, it’s the end of an era.

I pray that we won’t have somebody like him again


- Ajimobi, ANPP gubernatorial candidate[/b]

In the estimation of former senator and ANPP gubernatorial candidate to the governorship election in Oyo state, Senator Isiaka Ajimobi, Adedibu has left no enviable vacuum that any decent politician would be striving to fill.

“Like all death, it’s a lesson to those who can think. It shows that in the end, God owns the world. May God forgive him his sins.

“In terms of filling the void, I don’t think anybody can fill that. For the good that he has done, I pray that we produce somebody to fill that; for the bad things he did, I pray that we don’t have somebody like him in Ibadan again.”



Alao Akala for sure. Get ready once again, Oyo citizens.


am also wondering o.

can't be that Tokyo guy.  I heard its normally a previously unknown person who occupies that position.

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