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Biography Of Olusola Oke. by Temitayo (f): 12:38pm on August 10
Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.
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Olusola
Alexander Oke was born on April 7, 1956 in Ilowo, in Ilaje Local Government
Area of Ondo State. His father was from Ilaje and his mother hailed from Imoru
town in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state.

Oke
attended UNA Primary School, Ode-Ilowo between 1961-1963. He thereafter dropped
out of school at the age of 7 due to
money constraints. He then went on to become a professional fisherman who lived
and earned his living from the creek of the rivers in Ilaje and its environs.
He did this between 1963 and 1973.

His
desire to be educated propelled him to abandon fishing and return to school.

In
1973, he enrolled in Methodist Primary School, Ilepete to complete
his Primary School Education. He later proceeded to Methodist Secondary Modern
School, Ilepete where he graduated in 1976. He thereafter attended Ilaje
Grammar School, Atijere in Ilaje Local Government where he obtained his West Africa
School Certificate in 1980.
Olusole
Oke was an auxiliary Teacher at Happy City College Ayetero, Ilaje Local
Government and Methodist High School, Okitipupa.

He
initially got admission into Ondo State School of Arts and Science, Ikare in
October, 1981 but later swapped to Law when he was offered admission into the
prestigious University of Ife in 1982.

He
thereafter bagged a degree in Law in 1986 from where he proceeded to the
Nigerian Law School where he was subsequently called to the Nigerian bar in
1987.

In
1987, as a young practicing lawyer, he did his pupilage at Olufemi Lanlehin and
Co., a law firm in Ikeja, Lagos. From there however, he moved to Okitipupa
where he established Olusola Oke and Associates on the 14th of July, 1988.

It
is worthy to note that as an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, he
has held several positions such : In 1996, he became the Secretary of the
Nigerian Bar Association, Okitipupa Branch; Between 1997 and the year 2000, he became
the chairman of NBA, Okitipupa Branch; Also, between 1997 and year 2000, he was
a member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA. He has also been an
aspirant of the senior advocateship, haven been shortlisted three times.

He
has also held political positions. For example, he was elected into the House
of Representatives in 1992 to represent Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency. Prior
to this appointment, he was appointed a member, Ondo State Internal Revenue
Board. In 2000, he was appointed as a commissioner representing Ondo State on
the Governing Board of NDDC where he served meritoriously for four years. In
2005, he was again appointed as a member of the National Political Reform
Conference. While there, the Ondo State Government appointed him as the
Chairman and CEO of Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission
(OSOPADEC) a position he held until he voluntarily resigned in October, 2006 to
run for PDP ticket for Ondo South Senatorial District.

At the primary election,
he was returned as candidate having secured not less than 75% of the votes cast
in a race involving three (3) aspirants. He however could not sail through to
the end.

Between
2008 and 2012, he was the National Legal Adviser of the PDP.
In
2005, he was nominated and served in the National Political Reform Conference
and in 2007, he served as a member of the Presidential Technical Committee on
Niger Delta. He was appointed the Chairman of the Federal Polytechnic Bida in
2009 and also appointed Chairman, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration
Agency between 2009 to 2011.
It is interesting to note that he
was a governorship candidate in Ondo state in the 2012 gubernatorial election but unfortunately could not clinch the ticket
Olusola
oke is again a top contender for the ticket for the state Governorship election
coming up in November 2016.

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