Nigeria And The Dancing Senators
Nigeria News have focused more on the newly elected Osun West Senator Ademola Adeleke in the past week.
Shortly after he was declared winner of the by-election of the Osun West Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC the video of his dancing steps went viral as Senator Ademola Adeleke threw a party to celebrate his victory.
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate defeated the All Progressives Congress’ candidate Mudasiru Husain and was everywhere trending in a dance to highlife music.
At the INEC office, when he was receiving his certificate of return, Adeleke had promised to institute a welfare scheme for the people of his constituency but the news died quickly with the video of dance online.
Nigerians switched to the Adeleke’s video channel as the promises of welfare policy went into oblivion.
Critics took over the stage, raising abusive words on the new senator who had quickly forgotten the demise of his elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and had taken to the street to express his joy over his new found status.
“What kind of lawmaker will Adeleke be? Haa, this senator is a man of easy virtue. Huu, Osun is in serious problem, what a senator it has produced.” These were some of the critics’ statements to demystify the socialite senator.
But the lawmaker did not bother, he was in Abuja the next day and was sworn-in by the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki as the newest born lawmaker.
Saraki was emotional as he caringly remembered his colleague, Isiaka Adeleke who died of drug overdose in Osogbo. Autopsy of late Adeleke also showed traces of alcohol in his blood. He drank before he died.
After Ademola Adeleke was sworn-in, one of the first lawmakers that welcomed him to the hallowed chambers was the controversial Senator Dino Melaye, from Kogi West.
They hugged themselves very warmly, perhaps because they shared something in common. Melaye had released a video in the recent past singing and dancing the popular “A je ku iya crooner” that suffused the social media.
To Adeleke, it seems his dancing and singing talents are hereditary judging by the raving popularity of his nephew David Adeleke, also known as Davido in the music industry.
No doubt members of the Adelekes’ dynasty of the ancient town of Ede are naturally sociable and enterprising. Despite their sociability, their sense of industry and politics is enviable.
Their father was a first republic senator and with the emergence of Ademola as the new senator, the family had so far produced three senators. David’s father, Adedeji Adeleke is the Chairman, Chief Executive of the Pacific Holdings, a company that is into shipping and one of the best in Nigeria as of today.
Like Melaye, Senator Ademola’s doctoral degree is being queried in some quarters at present. Many had alleged that Dr. Ademola Adeleke did not really obtain PhD and that the title is honourary and not academic.
According to a source, his late elder brother Isiaka once said that Ademola was not a PhD holder and should drop the title before it put him into trouble.
But some of the senator’s supporters argued that being a socialite does not make Ademola a dullard, adding that the lawmaker is highly educated.
Events are unfolding and in the next few weeks, it was gathered that more revelations about the dancing senator would unfold.
While Ademola Adeleke would be making frantic efforts to learn the art of lawmaking and sponsoring of bills to better the lots of his constituency at the red chamber, there are hundreds of Nigerians, most especially journalists that will be working assiduously to bring to the present the pasts of the dancing senator.