Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, said he went into self-imposed exile in 2018 after being unfairly denied reelection.
Adeleke complained that his mandate had been stolen through a rigged legal system, prompting him to go into self-imposed exile.
The event took place on Sunday at Adeleke University in Ede, Osun State.
The governor, according to a statement released by his spokesman Mallam Olawale Rasheed, said that going into self-imposed exile allowed him to avoid capture by his opponents.
The governor also encouraged young people to prioritize their aspirations, saying that the single most important ingredient in realizing one’s ambitions is resolve.
He said that a good education can help one achieve their goals in life.
It’s been a year since I was elected governor of Osun State,” Adeleke said. In 2014, I was framed, and in 2018, our mission was stolen. The harshest assaults and attacks on my person in the history of Osun politics were directed at me.
I went into self-imposed exile for two main reasons after a rigged legal process. First, to avoid the villainous plan of those who, having stolen the People’s mandate, wanted more. Second, to finish my degrees, as my education was a major focus of my 2018 campaigns.
“At that time in my life, I was able to re-enroll and finish my degree program. That’s a great accomplishment, and I appreciate everyone’s encouragement along the way. In 2022, as a fresh college grad, I tried again. The past is history at this point.
With the words, “What we need is commitment and passion to succeed,” Governor Adeleke told the graduating students, “It is that passion and hard work that put these beautiful academic gowns on you today.” Now go forth and subjugate the rest of the planet.
Take pride in representing your alma mater in your life after graduation. These accomplishments bring you much good fortune. You can now reach for the stars.
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