By Samuel Ibiyemi
As the agitation for 2019 election gains momentum, the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly Hon Suraj Adekunbi is leading other aspirants to take over from Governor Ibikunle
Amosun who will complete his second term in 2019. Considering his exceptional management of his colleagues at the house of Assembly in the last six years of his administration, the Speaker from Yewa North stands to gain support from members of the House in both All Progressives Congress ( APC).Hence, his boldness to bell the cat is commendable despite the insinuation that Senator Olamilekan ( Also known as Yayi) has received the endorsement and full support of the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of All Progressives Congress ( APC) Senator Ahmed Tinubu. His cool attitude and humility particularly displayed among the members to bring an end to series of crisises in the State House of Assembly stands to woo the support of his colleagues as a new leader popular for involving everybody in the affairs of the Assembly. Being elected twice by members to lead the house shows that if he should work on members at the house from all the local governments of the state, his victory during the primary election will signal his emergence as the next governor of Ogun State.
Even though the contenders are many, the Chief of Staff Chief Tolulope Odebiyi also from Yewa remains a major challenge for the Speaker. In politics, since there is no under-dog and the politics of keeping annointed successor secret for now by Gov Amosun may work against the interest of contenders for the seat of Governor. As the Speaker of the State, Suraju remains closer to the grassroots not only at his constituency but his visibility cuts across all the local governments of the state.
Also, we have other contenders from Ogun West which has not produced a governor since the creation of the state, Among them, is Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka who defected recently to the APC. His interest in ruling the state which remains constant as the Northern Star is already creating panic in the hearts of other contenders. He may be another surprise for the contenders considering his previous experience during past guber elections and possibility of sympathy vote by political leaders. Also as a godson of former Governor Gbenga Daniel, the recent resolution of disagreement between Gov Amosun and former Gov Daniel May be a plus for his his selection as the party’s stet standard bearer. Among other contenders from Ogun West include Senator Gbolahan Dada who is also an accountant and easy going professional.
The increase in the number of contenders for the governorship position is happening daily and people in Ogun East are not left out despite the fact that two of their sons have governed the state in the past. This includes late Gov Bisi Onabanjo ( 1979 to 1983 and former Gov Gbenga Daniel (2003 to 2011).
No fewer than six aspirants of Ogun East origin have joined the fray to vie for the number one position in the state. Ogun East district is made up of nine local government areas, namely, Ikenne, Remo North, Ijebu North, Ijebu North-East, Ijebu Ode, Ogun Waterside, Sagamu, Odogbolu, and Ijebu East. The aspirants include Senator Lekan Mustapha, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamowora, Asiwaju Olajide Awosedo, Hon Ladi Adebutu, and Prince Dapo Abiodun.
However, the opportunity presented with the effective coordination of the Ogun State House of Assembly by Hon Adekunbi is a plus which the leadership of APC will consider so as to ensure the sustenance of peace and progress between the executive and legislative arms of the government.
Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi was born on March 8, 1975 in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Govt. Area of Ogun State into the family of Alhaji Rahmon and Madam Elizabeth Adekunbi.
Young Prince Suraj Ishola Adekunbi began his academic career at St. Paul Anglican School, Ayetoro where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1986. His secondary education was at the prestigious Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1993. The following year, Prince Suraj was admitted the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro to study Mechanical Engineering. On completion of his Ordinary National Diploma in 1996, Suraj proceeded to The Polytechnic, Ibadan for the Higher National Diploma which he achieved in 2000 with Upper Credit.,
Prince Suraj did his mandatory National Youth Service at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC in Edo State in 2000. After his Youth Service, Suraj wasted no time in applying knowledge and creating value taking a teaching job at the Government Technical College, Idi-Aba Abeokuta. He later had a stint with the Ogun State Civil Service with his appointment as Higher Technical Officer in Bureau of Transportation from 2004 to 2006 before he voluntarily resigned. Unrelenting in his resolve to attain higher academic heights, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi proceeded to the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) for the Post-Graduate Diploma after which he progressed to the University of Ibadan (UI) and obtained Masters Degree in Project Development and Implementation (MPDI) in 2011.
An astute businessman and administrator par excellence, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi sharpened his entrepreneurial teeth in Petroleum Products Marketing under the tutelage of his father who was then Chairman and CEO of Al-Rahman Oil & Gas Limited. Having attained a comfortable level of financial independence, Suraj decided to give himself to the service of humanity by offering to represent his Constituency of Yewa North at the Ogun State House of Assembly. Though unsuccessful at first attempt, Suraj never gave up, showing the resilience and other stuff champions are made of; re-launching his ambition in 2011 on the platform of the same Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) winning and going ahead to represent Yewa North State Constituency. Subsequently, he was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly on July 6, 2011. Watch out for unexpected back for Prince Suraj believed to be the right candidate needed to consolidate on the success recorded by Gov Ibikunle Amosun.
Necessary support for him as the candidate of APC, will help APC and the economy of Ogun State.