The leadership of the IBB Golf and Country Club on Saturday conferred an honorary membership status on the Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke at a glamorous event with further invitation to the stylish politician to formally join the elite club.
A statement by Mallam Olawale Rasheed,Spokesperson to the State Governor said the Chairman of the Tennis section of the club, Ambassador Humphrey Orjiakor explained that the conferment on Governor Adeleke was in recognition of his style of leadership in Osun, where he has adequately provided space for young people to excel in politics and governance.
The presentation was done by the Chairman board of trustees of the IBB Golf And Country Country, Maj. Gen. IBM Haruna (rtd) , who also handed over a formal application form to the Osun State governor.
According to the statement, AVM Haruna described the Osun Governor as a pro-people Governor who is happily delivering dividends of democracy to his people.
Ambassador Orjiakor had also described the Governor as a role model and the type of leader of the nation due to his simplicity, performance and his supporting the youth to occupy top offices in government, citing the case of the 38 year old Wale Egbedun , the Speaker of the Osun state House of Assembly. Hon Egbedun is a member of the Tennis section at the club.
Governor Adeleke arrived at the Golf club at exactly 8:00pm following an invitation that was extended to him by the executive committee of the Tennis section.
Before showing up at the gala night reception hosted in the pavilion of the Tennis section, the Osun State Governor stormed a night prize and award presentation ceremony of the 2023 Women’s Golf Open, where he felicitated with the ladies.
Accepting the honourary conferment, the Osun State Governor explained that he was excited by the recognition.
He said, “I have now seen a place that I will come to for brainstorming and relaxation, anytime I am in Abuja. Mr. Chairman, I really appreciate this. I am so happy that you are doing this for me.”
“I can tell you that by doing this, light has come to the tennis section of IBB Golf and country club,” an elated Governor Adeleke noted.
The Osun State Governor told members of the club that although many Nigerians had advised him that while in a high office, as a governor, one should not be his true self, he will continue to live as the real man that he has always been known for.
He said, “many Nigerians told me that if you are in a high place, you should not be yourself, I will not be like that. There is time for everything, there is time to enjoy yourself and there is time to work.”
Governor Adeleke assured that his government was working hard to develop his state and improve the lives of the people.
“You know, a lot of people underestimated me when we were campaigning along the line. Very soon, I will be celebrating my one year in office, November 27. We have done a lot in the state and more people are coming to say that they want to invest in the state because of what we are doing.
“People that I don’t even know. They say, by just seeing my face, they want to come and invest. I want to make Osun State a reference point,” Adeleke stressed.