April 9, 2015

Lagos Polls: In thier fathers’ steps

Lai Mohammed, Buhari

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

IT is not an unusual idea for politicians to involve their children in politics.

In Nigeria, politicians have been known to nurture and prepare their sons and daughters to occupy political offices.

While this initiative paid off for some politicians, others sulked at the end of the day.

No one in recent memory, however, was able to politically project his children like the late Senator Olusola Saraki, the strongman of Kwara politics who successfully had two of his children follow him to the Senate, carving a niche as the only family in the country to have produced three senators.

Now many other politicians are aiming to trump him with their children in hot pursuit of political offices. In many cases, the children are using the platforms and names of their fathers to project themselves. In some cases, however, the children are going solo.

Interestingly, the list of children of former governors, lawmakers and top politicians who are toeing the line of their parents is endless.

As it is, a new crop of politicians’ children would be contesting in the April 11, governorship and State House of Assembly elections with the influence of their fathers.

By Dapo Akinrefon

Sultan Adeniji-Adele

IN Lagos state, Prince Sultan Adeniji-Adele, candidate of   the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly.



•Sultan Adeniji-Adele

•Sultan Adeniji-Adele

Hon. Sultan Adegbayibi Adeniji-Adele was born on October 3rd, 1980 into the royal family of Adeniji-Adele of Lagos . He is the grandson of the late Oba Musediku Adeniji-Adele (Oba of Lagos,).

He spent his growing up years understudying his father, who is an accomplished politician .

He is the son of Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, former Chairman of Lagos Island local government area, and until recently, the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development.

Sultan is no seeking a second term in the Lagos State House of Assembly after emerging successful at the APC primaries. He is seeking to again represent Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Sultan was first elected member, Lagos State House of Assembly in June 2011, to represent Amuwo Odofin constituency 1. Since his election into office, he has made contributions towards individual and general growth and development of his constituency.

Though his father has dumped the APC, Sultan refused to follow his father to the PDP.

Pundits now wonder what kind of political discussion takes place between father and son.

Folajimi Lai Mohammed

ALSO toeing his father’s  path, is the son of the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Folajimi.

Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed



In 2011, Folajimi was asked to step down for the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji to represent Ikeja State Constituency.

Now that Speaker Ikuforiji is no longer returning to the house, Folajimi was given the opportunity to clinch the APC ticket. He defeated popular gospel musician, Kenny Saint Brown to represent the Ikeja 01 Constituency on the APC platform.

Though a political neophyte, Folajimi will be banking on his father’s looming image to give him the needed victory at the polls. Jimi as he is popularly called has extended his campaigns to all sections of the constituency.

Jimi, who is married to Idowu, one of the daughters of late Solomon Ayoku, emerged from his father’s shadow long ago and has carved a niche for himself in the elite circles.

Jimi is presently the managing director of Knightsbridge Dredging Limited and he holds an LL.B Honours degree bagged at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He also holds an LL.M at Fordham Law School, New York City, US and B.L. with Honours at Council of Legal Education and Nigerian Law School in Nigeria.

Babajide Obanikoro

He is the son of  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

In 2011, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro popularly called IBO, first cut his political teeth when he attempted to represent Eti-Osa State Constituency I.

During the party’s primary, Obanikoro was declared winner but lost at the elections to the ACN candidate.

In 2011, he repeated the same feat when he contested for the Local Council Development Area, LCDA of Ikoyi-Obalende.

Musiliu Obanikoro

Musiliu Obanikoro

Jide Obanikoro

Jide Obanikoro

The local polls were a keenly contested affair. In particular, the Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA proved to be even keener as it was a strategic location in Lagos State. Reason was that it had the scion of Obanikoro taking on a candidate of the defunct ACN, Mr. Adewale Adeniji of ACN.

Mr. Adeniji and LASIEC appealed the judgement.

The appeal court upheld the appeal and declared Mr. Adeniji the winner of the election and directed LASIEC to issue him with a certificate of return accordingly.

He had to wait until almost a year after on 4th October, 2012 to obtain judicial confirmation of his victory. Victory that was annulled by the Court of Appeal on 31st January, 2013 based on technicality and not case substance.

Obanikoro has oiled his political machinery to challenge the occupant of Eti-Osa Constituency 2, Gbolahan Yishawu for the House of Assembly in the April 11 polls.

Obanikoro, who is confident of winning this time around especially with the backing of his father, said “if that is my weapon, I will use it. I will not shy away from using my weapon. I have no iota of doubt in me that this election is a wrap and I believe that I am home and dry.”

Obanikoro is an alumni of Kings College Lagos. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from St Cloud State University, USA. A Master in Public Administration from Pace University USA having also attended a Local Government Seminar in Oxford University among several educational laurels.

In a short while, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro has amassed a portfolio of working experience which includes, Ride Along Intern, with the West St. Paul Police Dept, Minnesota in the United States; Court Adtrato Intern In St. Clud Minnesota, USA, Patrol Officer, St. Cloud State University, USA, Graduate Assistant, – Pace University, New York USA; Brooklyn Director, Mayors Community Outreach Unit Office Manhattan New York where he acted as the Mayors liaison to Brooklyn borough district reporting to the Deputy Commissioner weekly and Commissioner bi-weekly, with a responsibility of collaborating with other agents such as fire departments, police stations, churches, businesses to deliver a very conducive environment for Brooklyn residents. Securing shelter for the low income earners and homeless people, holding meetings with business districts, school districts, community board districts to discuss matters at hand which includes increase in crime rate, needs, haves and have not.