Adams Oshiomole is one of the most prominent Nigerian politicians in the modern age. Being the president of Nigeria Labour Congress for almost a decade, he ventured into politics where he became the governor of Edo State and later, the national chairman of the All progressives Congress. His journey into politics hasn't been what many would regard as smooth but he has demonstrated his passion for the political craft and leadership over the years. In this post, we will walk you through important and interesting facts about Adams Oshiomole biography, net worth, houses, cars and political career. Read on!
The former Labour leader was also the executive governor of Edo State for 8 years
2. Who is Adams Oshiomole?
Adams Aliyu Oshiomole is a famous Nigerian politician, who has served in different political capacities. He held the position of the leader of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from 1999 to 2007. He was also the former governor of Edo State, a position he held from 2008 to 2016. Oshiomole has been the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until his recent suspension due to internal tussles and irregularities.
- Adams Oshiomole age and family background
Born on the 4th of April 1952 in Iyamho, close to Auchi in Edo State, Oshiomole was born into a Muslim home but was converted into Christianity by Clara, his late wife who died of cancer at the age of 54. This newfound faith made Oshiomole adopt "Eric" as his Christian name. After the conclusion of his secondary education, Adams Oshiomole started working for the Arewa Textiles Company, where he was elected the union secretary. In 1975, he became the union organizer. Oshiomole didn't give up on education yet as he attended Ruskin College at Oxford, the United Kingdom in 1975 to study Industrial Relations and he majored in Labour Economics. He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), where he eventually became a member.
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- Adams Oshiomole wife
Following the death of his first wife in 2010, the former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomole married his heartthrob, former Miss Lara Fortes in 2015. Lara Fortes’ father is from Cape Verde while her mother is from Nigeria. She once worked with Emirate Airlines, practised law a bit before venturing into modelling. They got married at Auchi, an event that was graced by top government officials and politicians. Adams Oshiomole children and grandchildren were all present at the wedding.
Adams Oshiomole remarried in 2015 after losing his first wife to cancer
3. Adams Oshiomole career highlights
After democracy was reintroduced to the country in 1999, Adams Oshiomole moved from being the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, to President of the Nigerian Labour Congress. He became popular among Nigerians for his resolute and several industrial actions against oil price hikes and public worker's welfare. While he was acting as the leader of the Labour Union, he still retained his position as the Textile Union General Secretary.
One of Adams Oshiomole's photos at political rallies in Nigeria
The Edo politician used to have a cordial relationship with the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo but turned sour when the former president overlooked the local refineries and sought imported gasoline. As a result, this led to high fuel prices in the country at the time. Oshiomole took the matter into the labour union's hands and went on an industrial strike. He was apprehended and tear-gassed was used on union officers. Oshiomole was also allegedly abducted by State Security Services while the protest was ongoing.
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Oshiomole has represented the African workers on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, where he served on the committee on Freedom of Association for two terms. Oshiomole was elected as the executive governor of Edo State under the Action Congress Party, after the earlier victory of PDP candidate Oserheimen Osunbor, was annulled on the basis of irregularities by the Edo State election tribunal. He spent two terms in office and ended his tenure in 2016. He was elected the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress in 2018, only to be suspended from the party in 2019 after a vote of no confidence was passed on him by 18 APC Local Government Chairmen in Edo State.
Here is a video of Adams Oshiomole showing his dance skills at the venue of a rally:
Governor Oshiomhole dances Azonto during APC Mega rally in Benni City
4. Adams Oshiomole net worth
Adams Oshiomole is one of the richest politicians in Nigeria. His net worth as of 2021 has been put around ₦185.1 billion. He has made his fortune from occupying various political officers for years.
Adams Oshiomole and newly wedded wife Lara receiving dignitaries
5. Adams Oshiomole cars and houses
It is not a common practice in Nigeria for politicians to flaunt their luxury acquisitions on social media, most especially cars and landed properties. Fortunately, we are able to get hold of some of the expensive things owned by this public figure. He is said to own a Jeep Wrangler SUV estimated at around ₦11.5 million. He also drives a Toyota Land Cruiser worth around ₦33.2 million and a Ford Ranger. Adams Oshiomole owns a Nissan Pathfinder which he was spotted on during the gubernatorial campaigns in 2007.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the cars you will in his collection
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Adams Oshiomole moves around in style as he owns a private jet
One of his landed properties is his Paradise Mansion estimated at N10 billion. If he is not moving by road, he travels in the air in style. He is the owner of a private helicopter “Bell 402" and a private jet "Embraer Phenom". .these two sky beasts are said to be worth a lot of money in today's market.
Adams Oshiomole multi-billion naira mansion
6. Adams Oshiomole charitable activities
The Edo politician might have had his issues both with his fellow politicians and the general public; he had shown in some cases that he has people's interest at heart. He has risen up on occasion to assist other people in negotiating several challenging situations. After the death of his first wife, a foundation was set up in her name known as Clara Oshiomole Foundation. This foundation is a memorial to the late First lady of Edo State and has been providing free and affordable healthcare to people with the grassroots.
The Clara Oshiomole Foundation was founded in memory of his late wife, who passed on in 2010
7. Adams Oshiomole latest news
The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently dismissed speculations that he is planning a possible return to the office. He debunked these speculations during a recent fundraising event that he chaired in Abuja.
Adams Oshiomole is undoubtedly one of Nigeria's most popular politicians of the 21st century. He rose from being an unknown Edo's "son of the soil" to become a giant in the political space of both his state and country at large. We do hope to see more exploits from him in the near future but for now, all that you read in this article are the highlights of Adams Oshiomole biography, net worth, houses, cars and political career.