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BREAKING: Meet Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, the consensus APC gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State.

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After a rigourous exercise, a consensus candidate has emerged as the gubernatorial candidate for the ruling APC party in Ogun State.

Few months ago, many aspirants which included the Hon. speaker, Ogun State house of Assembly, Rt hon. Suraju Adekunmbi, chief Odebiyi, Chief Otegbeye and many others were in the race, but the governor, Ibikunle Amosun has chosen one of them as the consensus candidate.

Meet, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade (TripleA), honourable representing Egbado South and Ipokia Federal consistuency.

Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade (TripleA) Ogun State Governorship Aspirant 2019, was born on the 9th of October 1969 to the Akinlade family of Ipadilpopo Compound in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State. As a young boy, Adekunle spent his early formative years travelling across the country with his father, which informed his non-tribal personality in years later.

He attended Children House School and St. Anne’s Primary School both in Ibara Abeokuta before proceeding to Army Children Primary School Akure where he completed his primary education. Adekunle moved to Ilaro in 1982 to live with Chief John Olaifa, his paternal uncle, a devoted Muslim and disciplinarian.

While in Ilaro, he was enrolled into Emmanuel Comprehensive High School Ilaro and later Yewa High School Ajilete from where he obtained his WAEC in 1988. He had a short stint at College of Preliminary Studies, Yola for his A’Level. Adekunle was admitted to Lagos State University (LASU) as a direct entry student in 1991 to study Political Science.

As an ardent believer in equity and justice, he contested the Students’ Union President seat of LASU at the height of political activism of the early 1990s. Although he did not win, Adekunle continued to play very active role in the University’s political space. Upon graduation in 1995, he proceeded to observe the mandatory one-year NYSC scheme.

It was while serving at NNPC Staff School Warri, Delta State that Adekunle first cut his teeth in business with a $120 (One Hundred and Twenty USD) assignment to secure flight reservations and this became the seed over the next four years before relocating to the UK in the year 2000.

While in the UK, he enrolled for a short course on Commodity Trading and consequently established Clevland Investment Management Limited, which traded in commodities and other derivatives. After spending almost seven years in the UK, Adekunle returned to Nigerian in 2007.

In collaboration with other software developers, Clevland launched the VCHEKMOBILETM platform, a revenue automation data processing system that enable State Governments to track, collate and collect Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) efficiently. The Company currently provides services across the country.

Adekunle sits on the board of several companies in Nigeria and patrons various associations in Yewa land. He was the MD/CEO of Clevland Investment Management Limited until his appointment as SSA Taxation & Revenue in July 2011. In this capacity, Adekunle oversaw the Directorate of other Taxes at the Board of Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Ogun State.

Adekunle was redeployed in January 2014 to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development where he displayed exceptional skills before resigning in October of the same year to contest the House of Representatives seat. He was the National Coordinator of Yewa/Awori Concerned Professional (YACP) – an Ogun West pressure group. He served in the transition committee on Finance of Sen. Ibikunle Amosun in 2011.

Adekunle holds a degree in Political Science from Lagos State University. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) and John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. He attended the 2013 Entrepreneurship short study course at the University of Wisconsin USA.

Adekunle is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the National Open University of Nigeria. Adekunle is the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Climate Change, Member of the following Standing Committees: Finance, Insurance, Public Procurement, Army, Steel and FCT. Chairman Ad hoc Committee on Insurance. He is a strong believer and advocate of the Yewa Cause, a caring father and dedicated husband.

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