Abraham Adesanya

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Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was a member of the Western House of Assembly from 1960-1966 and later became a senator during the Nigerian second republic. In the 1990s, he was known as the leader of the Yoruba group, Afenifere and as the deputy leader of the National Democratic Coalition.


Early life and education

Adesanya was born in Ijebu-Igbo to the family of a local herbalist, Ezekiel Adesanya. He was educated at St John's African School, Oke-Agbo, Ojowo United Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo, Methodist School, Osogbo and Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, he later attended Holborn College of Law, London, (1958-1960).


Adesanya started out as a teacher before going to law school in 1958. In the 1950s, he was briefly a Zikist and contested an election as an independent candidate before moving to the Action Group. Soon thereafter, he embraced the ideals of the Awolowo led faction of the Action Group and became associated with members of the Awolowo political group during the first and second republics.

After the annulment of the June 12 presidential elections in 1993 and the movement to enthrone the presumed winner, Adesanya became more prominent as a Yoruba leader of the Afenifere and deputy chair of NADECO, two major political groups opposed to the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

Electoral history

1979 Ijebu East and North senatorial district election

  • Adesanya UPN - 115,192
  • S.A. Otubanjo NPN - 2,658
  • A.O. Adenubi GNPP - 532