Adisa Akinloye

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Augustus Meredith Adisa Akinloye (1920) is a Nigerian politician who was a regional Minister of Agriculture and later became the chairman of the National Party of Nigeria. He was a politician with a legendary gift for deception and matchless creation of intrigues.(1)

He was among the politicians who lost their home base and became involved in the politics of prebendalism as a result of switching parties.

Early life and education

Akinloye was born on August 19, 1920/1917. His father was A.B. Akinloye. He attended Ibadan Grammar School and was there until 1937 before entering the Nigerian Civil service. He left the service later and proceeded abroad to study economics and law. He was at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1945-1949 and was concurrently at Lincoln's Inn.

In 1948, he was a founding member of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa and was the organization's secretary in London.

In 1951, he was Elected into the Western House of Assembly.

First Republic

Adisa Akinloye was the president of the Ibadan People's Party in 1951, however he joined the Action Group and became the regional Minister of Agriculture. He remained with the Acton Group for much of the 1950s and was the only candidate not from the Adisa faction of the Mabolaje that won elections in the Ibadan District Council in 1959.

In 1966, the republic was cut short, it wasn't untill 1978/1979 that partisan politics resumed. Akinloye was soon involved in the second republic as the chairman of the National Party of Nigeria.

Second republic

As chairman of the National Party of Nigeria, he was a central character in a major national crisis that rocked the party. While, other parties in the nation where going through one crisis or the other, the NPN had relatively smooth sailing in the national level until M.K.O Abiola and a few other Southwest leaders decided to press for the turn of the south to produce the next president after the 1983 election. The move pitted Akinloye against, Abiola, Fani Kayode, Gabriel Akindeko and Adeyinka Adebayo who opposed Akinloye for chairmanship due to his support for Shehu Shagari.(3) However a coup on Dember 31, 1983, relieved the politicians of the second republic from their posts. Akinloye within a short period of time was able to use the Nigerian Benin border near the town of Shaki to go on exile. He was declcared wanted subsequently on January 2, 1984. (2)

He returned from exile in October, 1993.


References

  • (1)Toyin Falola.A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir. p 247
  • (2)"Former Minister and NPN chairman on wanted list", BBC, anuary 6, 1984.
  • (3)Eghosa E. Osaghae. 'The Crippled Giant: Nigeria Since Independence'. p 143