The governor of Osun state, Ademola Adeleke, has revealed that opposition attacks prompted him to return to school and get a degree.
Adeleke said after losing 2018 governorship election, he was subjected to the worst personality attacks and assaults, he further advised that age should not be a barrier to pursuing educational dreams.
The governor revealed this while speaking at the combined 9th undergraduate and 5th postgraduate convocation ceremonies of the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun state, on Sunday, where 75 postgraduate and 537 undergraduate students were conferred with various degrees.
He said: “Dr Tajudeen Adeleke encouraged me to move ahead. Before I went on exile, he called me to a meeting where we discussed. He told that I should look at what I have been subjected to by those saying I was not educated. He advised that I should go to America for studies.
“He said the only thing I can do for Osun people, if I am ready to be governor, I must get educated, I must complete my education; that without completing it, I should forget my governorship ambition.
“At my age then, I successfully re-enrolled and completed my degree programme. I am proud of that achievement and I thank my family and friends for their total support.
“I came back to re-contest in 2022 as a brand new graduate. The rest is now history. What is the lesson? Our age must never be a barrier to educational pursuit. What we need is commitment and passion to succeed.”