As Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa continues his search for a deputy governor, women groups in the state and Women Professionals Network in the All-Progressives Congress (APC) have called on the governor to look no further than Dr Adeyinka Bello-Olarinmoye.
Olarinmoye, a lecturer with the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State has been described as the candidate that will bring the perfect blend of gender and religious balance to the state’s politics.
According to Engr. Wuraola Atinuke Owolabi who spoke on behalf of APC Women Professionals, Gov Aiyedatiwa has the perfect candidate in Olarinmoye who will complement and ensure the wide acceptance of his administration and quell any form of dissension.
“Dr Olarinmoye is the consummate candidate that our indefatigable Governor needs, she brings a lot of qualities to the table, she is a consummate politician and a thorough-bred professional. And more importantly, she will bring the required gender and religious balance to the appointment. So, the governor should look no further but to announce her as the next Deputy Governor of the state without much ado” she told The Matrix.
On her part, Mrs. Mobola Ogunyomade who spoke on behalf of the Ondo state women groups pointed out the sterling qualities that Dr Olarinmoye possesses which stands her in good stead ahead of others.
“Dr Olarinmoye is a quintessential grassroot politician and the choice of women groups in the sunshine state. She is what the state needs at this point in time to calm frayed nerves.
She will be the bridge builder and a unifying factor in the state. She will go a long way in bringing the required gender and religious balance into the equation” she enthused.
Dr. Adeyinka Olarinmoye, a female activist completed her secondary education in 1991, at St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School Akure, Ondo State. On the completion of her secondary school, she joined her mother in Lagos to run a canteen during the June 12 crisis, where she had the opportunity of getting introduced to the struggle for the emancipation of the down-trodden and joined the campaign for democratic rule.
She proceeded to obtain a Diploma in 1996 in Computer Science, at Mushin Community Consult, Mushin, in Lagos.
In 1999, she got into active politics by joining the AD party in the Ilasamaja area of Mushin, Lagos. She was the youth leader for AD and later the coordinator for BAT Independent Supporters.
She was actively involved in BATCO activities and still represents Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu political interests and school. She is currently the coordinator for Jagabanists online, BAT is Coming Facebook group, Amazons for ABAT and many more social media outlets for the promotion of Asiwaju’s political interests.
She was admitted into the University of Ibadan in 1997, where she obtained a B.A in Anthropology in 2001. It was at the University of Ibadan that her passion for service was brought to the open. She was actively involved with students’ movements. She championed the campaign for ‘Abacha Must Go’ with fellow students in Nigeria and served on occasions on University of Ibadan Students’ Union committees, and transitional/electoral committee of the National Association of Nigerian students (NANS).
She served the nation in 2002 with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Akure. She later proceeded to have her Master’s degree in Anthropology/Africa Studies from the same university. She subsequently got her PhD degree at the same citadel, University of Ibadan.
After her master’s education she picked a job with the Centre for Legislative Studies; a Non-Government Organisation that deals with the empowerment and advocacy for the Nigeria Legislative Arm of Government. As the Executive Director she saw to the day-to-day running of the organisation, giving directives and making the administrative policies from time to time. It was on this platform that she provided the fora for the robust debates of the then president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Third Term Agenda. She was later appointed into the service of the Lagos State University as a Lecturer in 2009, where she serves till date.
Politically, she was the pioneer AD youth leader in Ilasamaja 1998-2002. Founder and coordinator of BAT Youths 1999 till date. Cofounder and National Secretary of Amazons for ABAT, Cofounder/Vice President, Jagabanists Online, she was the chairman of ICG for Ambode, Igando/Ikotun LCDA in 2015, appointed into the Lagos State APC Screening committee in 2017.
Appointed the Deputy Coordinator for Buhari/Osinbajo House to House Campaign Council for Lagos State in 2019. Served as the ICC Director of Education in the Independent campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat in 2023. Also served as one of the 22-man committee for the inauguration of Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat in 2023.
She contributed to a chapter of the inauguration photo book edited by Mr. Dare Babarinsa for the inauguration of the President in 2023. She also had at different times aspired for federal house of representatives and state house of assembly in Ondo state.
Her popular slogans are: “not just a woman, but pedigree”, “take a fresh breath!” “Liberation for the masses.”
Adeyinka also known as Iyalode ABO, is not just a woman, but one with pedigree. An Africanist, culture activist and a lover of Yoruba traditions. She is a wife, mother, daughter, and sister. She is responsible, amiable, compassionate, capable, trustworthy and above all, a God fearing one. If given the opportunity to serve, she will do so efficiently.