Tuesday, 15 August 2017

D.S. Adegbenro: The Owu-born Premier of Western region

The opposition abused and called him, Sho-ro-ye ni?....Kori oye mu (Do you get any title?


He emerged as Premier of Western region House of Assembly but he only spent few days in power before he was removed. Some people also said he only spent a day in power before he was removed.

There was leadership crisis between Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola in Action group (AG). The then Governor- general of the western States, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi requested the resignation of Chief Akintola as the Premier, Awolowo was the Opposition leader. The crisis divided Action group into two factions.

Akintola was replaced as premier in May, 1962, by June 29, 1962, Adegbenro was removed after some days and he replaced with Chief Dr. Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi as Administrator when state of emergency was declared.

Dauda Soroye Adegbenro was born born in 1909 exactly the same year Chief Obafemi Awolowo was also born, in Ago-Owu to Amororo ruling house, the same ruling house with the present Traditional ruler of Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta, Oba Adegboyega Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu.
D.S Adegbenro was a politician, he was a member of the Western region House of Assembly and he later became a regional Minister for Lands and Labour during pre-independence era of the country.

He attended African Schoolin Owowo, Ewekoro Local Government for his primary education before proceeded to the Baptist Boys High School, Oke Saje, Abeokuta and Abeokuta Grammar School for secondary education. He worked as a civil servant in the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and was in the firm between 1930-1937.
Thereafter, he also worked with the United African Company (UAC). He was elected into the Western House of Assembly in 1951 and later into the Federal House of Representatives, in the same year. He was appointed as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Justice and Local Government before rising to the position of Regional Minister for Lands and later Local Government in 1954.

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