The Rise And Rise Of Senator Adeleke Oloruninmbe Mamora

When President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Senator (Dr.) Oloruninmbe Adeleke Mamora, as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre (AIIC), the ex-lawmaker was said to have tactfully rejected the offer. It would be recalled that Mamora was the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election. An unconfirmed source also revealed that he was also nominated as an ambassador in late 2016 but his name was suddenly dropped for unknown reasons.

He is now the new Nigerian Minister of State for Health. Senator Mamora, former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and senator who represented Lagos-East senatorial district from 2003 to 2011 is a politician to watch in the coming years. His meteoric rise in the nation’s polity since 1999 depicts the emergence of a silent powerbroker and a budding political star. Mr. Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora was born on 16th of February, 1953 in Lagos State, Nigeria.

His parents were educationists. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ogun State before proceeding to University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Osun State where he obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Politics could well be said to be in his blood. His father was a leader of the Action Group and was also involved in political activities in his local community in Ijebu-Ife.

This was where young Mamora started learning the ropes. His political inclination manifested on getting to the university when he was elected the financial secretary of the Students’ Union Executive. His contemporaries then were former Governor Olusegun Mimiko, incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu and former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Adesegun.

His foray into politics saw him elected as a National Delegate for the National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1990 and later, Secretary Lagos East of the then United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). In 1999, Mamora was elected to the fourth Lagos State House of Assembly and subsequently elected Speaker of the House. While still serving at the State Assembly, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers in between year 2000 and 2001.

His political profile continue to rise as he was elected to the Senate in April 2003 under the platform of the then Action Congress (AC) and appointed the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and public petition same year. He also served as one of the members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament in between 2003-2006.

Upon the expiration of his tenure in 2007, Mamora was reelected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Lagos East constituency of Lagos State, and he served there till 6th June, 2011.
In 2015, Mamora was appointed as the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation was said to have contributed in no small measures to the President’s victory. He was later to be appointed as the Managing Director of National Inland Waterway (NIWA).

On 21st August, 2019, Mr. Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora was declared the new Nigerian Minister of State for Health by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora is happily married to Olanlesi Mamora, an indigene of Ikare, Ondo State Nigeria. His hobbies include reading, listening to music and chanting hymnals.

Once asked to describe himself, he said: “I am a calm person. There is no situation that bothers or threatens me. I also have the peace of God in me. I have held various positions in the land and I am still myself. I don’t move around with security guards because the bible says ‘When your way pleases God even your enemies will be at peace with you’.

I am not perfect but I strive as much as possible to be of good conduct. It is only the guilty that is afraid. I am not afraid to move around freely. I try to be good to all men. I always remind myself that public office is a public trust”

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