Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has named a major street in Ibadan after late foremost politician, Hon. Adegoke Adelabu popularly called ‘Penkelemesi’.
Senator Ajimobi said at a posthumous centenary birthday celebration/foundation launch at Ibadan civic centre and noted that the late first Federal Minister of Social Services and Natural Resources had no equal in Yoruba politics till date.
However, he lamented his late recognition among Ibadan indigenes, “In everlasting memory of this political giant, an icon and a grassroots mobiliser per excellence the major ancient street that divides Ibadan into two historical parts. That is, from Felele Roundabout to Agodi-Gate-Yidi is hereby named Adelabu Adegoke Way.”
He appealed to the federal government to give him a posthumous national award, stressing that Adelabu was a gifted politician, a brilliant Ibadan man whose academic and administrative qualities are yet to be equalled. “Adelabu was the leader of leaders who lived before his time. It is sad that we the Ibadan have done nothing to immortalise him.”
Also, the chairman of Adegoke Adelabu post humus centenary birthday planning committee, Aare Alaasa Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi corroborated Ajimobi’s claim that the late politician received the honour which had eluded him.
Prof. Mark Nwagwu of Paul University Awka, Anambra State, in his speech titled “Adegoke Penkelemesi Adelabu: A Thousand Stars of Honour” described the late icon as “a man dazzling in speech and bearing.
“Astounding inspiring stupendously learned, superbly reliable, resplendently transparent, humble and social, a man of charity. A Nigerian in whom there is no guile, and whose Yoruba blood, flows in the hearts of the Igbo, the Ibibio, the Nupe, the Fulani, the Efik, the Itsekekiri, the Hausa.”
One of his grandsons, a Deputy Governor of CBN, Adebayo Adelabu, expressed gratitude to the entire Yoruba race for giving his late grandfather a deserved place of honour in the history of Nigeria.


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