The choice of Prince Adedapo Abiodun as the Governorship Candidate of the ruling party in Ogun state, Progressive Congress is certainly devinely connected on the grounds that he has been described by many as the choice of the choiest people.
The reasons being thrown up lean on his humane nature, his level headedness, his uncontoured mien even in the heat of trials or unjustifiable persecution and unwarranted condemnation.
Dabo has over time shown to his friends trust, respect, responsible and responsiveness by all measures. He can be described as a resourceful child any proud parents would love to have, loving and reasonable man any discerning woman would dream to marry, forward-looking father the well cultured children would wish father them.
He is unequivocally the true friend of the masses, without mincing words when elected, he will stand tall amongst the Governors in the Nigerian nation. This is so for his large heart, his unwavering spirit of giving. This scion of Remo and the prodigious Ogun State indigene will surely give the people the impetus to regale ecstatically, which is people- oriented governance.
Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun MFR, the Chairman of Heyden Oil and incumbent Chairman of Corporate Affairs Commission, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari was born on the 29th of May, 1960 is a man who wears many hats, yet wears them all so well. As Chief Executive Officer of Heyden Petroleum Limited, arguably one of the fastest growing companies in the mainstream petroleum industry in Nigeria.
This position he attained since 1993, till present. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Ventures Limited and Securitel Consult Limited, an indigenous Nigerian company specializing in the provision of telecommunication systems, electronic safety and security engineering from 1991 till date. Dapo, as he is fondly called is the Chairman of First Power Limited, a power generating company from 2009 till date.
With the successful completion of his early education at St. Joseph College, Ondo and Ondo high School in 1977 and 1978 respectively, he went on to vigorously pursue his dream of becoming a major ‘architect’ of civilization and development. A vision that spurred him to attain his first degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Ile-Ife in 1986 where he finished with a B.Eng (Honors). Furtherance to pursuing his quest for greatness, he went ahead to bag another degree at the Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1989 where he finished with a B.B.A (Honors) in Accounting.
Thereafter, having successfully attained all necessary requirements with flying colors, he was offered an Accounting Job at Glock Incorporation, USA where he diligently worked from 1989 to 1991. His passion, excellent spirit in enterprise and strong determination to provide top notch services fuelled his prowess into owning his line of businesses, taking one step at a time until he attained multiple feathers in his cap leading a number of business empires, recording major successes in all.
Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, began his journey into politics over two decades ago with his entrance into the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP); one of the five state-sanctioned political parties allowed by the government of General Sani Abacha to participate in state assembly elections held in December 1997, and in parliamentary elections held in April 1998.
Dapo was appointed as a member of the National Finance Committee in January, 1997, after which he was subsequently appointed as one of Government delegates to the United States of America in November, 1997.
In 1998, he contested for the Ogun East Senatorial seat under the umbrella of his party UNCP and won. He became the Senator Elect of the Ogun East Senatorial District of UNCP.
Upon the dissolution of all political parties by 1998. And the formation of New Political Parties in 1999, he joined the People’s Democratic Party and was appointed in that year as a National delegate of the PDP National Convention.
The heights attained by Prince Adedapo Abiodun in the Telecommunications industry could not be hidden as his vital contribution to the modernization of telecommunication systems in Nigeria led to his appointment as Board Chairman of the Technical Committee of the then, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).
In January 2000, ensuring the results of his distinctive acumen, he was appointed as a member of two Federal Government Panels of Enquiry; the Federal Government Panel of Enquiry to National Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA) and the Federal Government Panel of Enquiry to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.
Similarly, in 2002, he was appointed member of three Federal Government Panels of enquiry namely; the Federal Government of Enquiry to the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA), the Federal Government Panel of Enquiry to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal
Government Panel of Enquiry to the Nigerian College of Arts and Technology (NCAT).
Within the same year, yielding to the calls by his admirers and army of supporters, he made an attempt at the Ogun State Gubernatorial Seat under the PDP and emerged the first runner-up in the Ogun State PDP gubernatorial primaries.
In 2003, he accepted the nomination to be a member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Team as well as the Steering Committee of the Business Support Group (BSG). Six years down the line, by January 2009, he was again appointed as member of the Presidential Think-Tank. By 2012 Prince Adedapo Abiodun was appointed to Chair the Oil & Gas Committee of Ogun State Government. This was heralded by his Defection to the Action Congress of Nigeria from the PDP with thousands of his supporters in the Ogun East Senatorial District giving effective support to the ACN Government in the state whilst contributing his influence in many spheres across the nation. Consequently, he was awarded the prestigious national honor as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In the year 2012, he was elected as the Chairman, Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN).
In 2015 he was the Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Ogun East Senatorial District in a keenly contested election.
Being the Philanthropist that he is, he was the first individual to lend a hand of support financially to the Sagamu, Yoruba/Hausa community after their ethnic clash, as a party advocate, he embarked on noteworthy projects such as awarding of scholarships and sinking boreholes within his Senatorial District, alongside supporting his party, the People’s democratic Party (PDP) morally and financially within and outside of the election period. He has received numerous awards both locally and internationally for his outstanding contributions in spheres of human endeavor.
Dapo is urbane as we as a grassroot builder of no mean status. He is a man of means yet he feels what the less previleged feel. man who continues to raise the standard of leadership with his penchant for making indelible impacts not just in professional spheres but also in nation building with towering credentials.
Story by: Kunle Kolebaje. Online Editor: Olamide Yinusa. Publisher/ C.E.O.; Henry Femi Ojoye Jr.