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Mojeed Agbaje

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Abdul Mojeed Fodarin Mobolanle Agbaje was a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was an attorney for the Agbekoyas and was also a member of the Western regional House of Assembly during the nation's pre-liberation period. After the death of Adegoke Adelabu, Mojeed was one of the leaders who was in line to fill the vacuum in Ibadan's political leadership. He was also a member of the Mabolaje Grand Alliance, which earlier had confrontations with his father, the late Salami Agbaje.

[edit] Life

Mojeed was born with a silver spoon as the son of one of Ibadan's wealthiest men, Salami Agbaje (Otun Balogun of Ibadan). He attended Ibadan Grammar School, and King's College, Lagos before proceeding to study law at Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the bar in 1945 and became the first lawyer from Ibadan. In 1955, he was elected into the Western House of Assembly. After the death of Adelabu, he was briefly the chairman of the Westerm Working Committee of the N.C.N.C and later became the chairman of the Ibadan District Council. However, a power struggle ensued between him and a Christian Ibadan politician, Mr Adisa, who was also a member of the N.C.N.C. The battle is believed led to the defeat of the party in Ibadan after the party hierarchy favored Agbaje which led to Adisa forming his own group and winning major elections in the city. Adisa later declared for the Northern People's Congress. (1)

During the second republic, he was among a group of old political leaders like Kola Balogun, S.A. Yerokun, and Saka Layonu who lost elections.


[edit] References

  • (1) Richard L. Sklar. Nigerian Political Parties: Power in an Emergent African Nation. p 307-317