Lam Adesina

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Lamidi Ona-Olapo Adesina
Governor of Oyo State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Preceded by Amen Edore Oyakhire
Succeeded by Rasheed Ladoja
Personal details
Born (1939-01-20)20 January 1939
Ibadan, Nigeria
Died 11 November 2012(2012-11-11) (aged 73)

Alhaji Lamidi Ona-Olapo Adesina (20 January 1939 – 11 November 2012) was an educator who became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria on 29 May 1999 as a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party.[1]

Adesina was born on 20 January 1939. He attended Loyola College, Ibadan. then studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1961–1963 and obtained a BA (Hons) in History. Later he attended the University of Ibadan in 1971 and obtained a PGDE.

He was a secondary school teacher and became a school administrator (principal). Lam later worked in private educational institutions and established a bookshop before entering politics.[2] Lam Adesina was also a popular newspaper columnist. His writings under the "search continues column" in the Nigeria Tribune were uncomfortable to successive military regimes and he was detained several times. Lam Adesina was elected to the federal house of representative for Ibadan south 1 constituency in 1979 under the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria established by the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He returned to private business after the military take over in 1983. A man of impeccable political pedigree, Lam was elected to the constituent assembly in 1988. Lam Adesina was imprisoned in 1998 and tagged a "prisoner of war" for fighting the military alongside the people after the military cancelled a free and fair elections presidential election. He was elected governor of Oyo state in 1999 and lost a rigged re-election in 2003.

Lam Adesina was a sponsor of Abiola Ajimobi in his successful bid to be elected to the senate for Oyo South in 2003. Later the two men fell apart, and Ajimobi moved to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), but in October 2009, Ajimobi returned to the Action Congress of Nigeria under the leadership of Lam in Oyo State the two were reconciled.[3] Lam Adesina successfully supported Ajimobi and campaigned for his election as the Governor of Oyo state under the Platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria in 2011.

An incorruptible democrat, Lam Adesina died on 11 November 2012 at the private St. Nicholas Hospital on Lagos Island. It was thought that the cause was related to diabetes, from which he had suffered for some time.[4] He was to be buried at his Felele residence according to Islamic rites.[5]


  1. ^ "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Their Excellencies, What next?". ThisDay. 2003-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Tinubu reconciles Lam Adesina, Ajimobi". The Nation. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Former Oyo Governor Lam Adesina Dead". The Will. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  5. ^ Osagie Alonge (November 11, 2012). "Lam Adesina Dies At 73, To Be Buried Today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2012-11-11.