Adams Oshiomole (Views: 8,799)

Adams Oshiomole
Position: Former governor of Edo State

Status: Out of Office

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole (born 4 April 1953) is a labor leader who ran for Governor of Edo State in Nigeria in April 2007 on the Action Congress (AC) platform. The election was flawed. Oserheimen Osunbor of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was initially declared the winner, but after appeals Oshiomhole assumed office on 12 November 2008.[1]
Oshiomhole was formerly president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and was prominent as the leader of a campaign of industrial action against high oil prices in Nigeria.[2]


Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole was born on 4 April 1953 at Iyanmoh, near Auchi in Edo State. He was born Muslim but was led to Christianity by his late wife Clara. He is Catholic and his Christian name is Eric. After his secondary education, he obtained a job with the Arewa Textiles Company, where he was elected union secretary. He became a full-time trade union organizer in 1975. He then studied at Ruskin College, Oxford in the United Kingdom[citation needed] where he majored in economics and industrial relations. He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.[2]

Labor leader

In 1982, Adams Oshiomhole was appointed General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, a union with over 75,000 workers. After democracy was restored in 1999, he became president of the Nigerian Labour Congress.[2] Early in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo he negotiated a 25% wage increase for public sector workers. In return he publicly supported Obasanjo and endorsed his candidacy when he was re-elected in 2003.[3] The Textile union elected Oshiomhole for a second term as General Secretary, while he continued as president of the NLC.[4]

The relationship with Obasanjo turned sour as neglect of local oil refineries led to reliance on imported gasoline, followed by rises in the price of fuel. Oshiomhole led strikes and demonstrations against the increases. He faced arrests, tear gas and temporary blockades of union offices, and Obasanjo introduced legislation to make it more difficult for the NLC to strike.[3] The NLC alleges that on 9 October 2004 Oshiomhole was abducted by State Security Services during a protest, but the Nigerian government say he submitted to voluntary custody.

Oshiomhole represented African Workers for two terms on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), serving on the committee on Freedom of Association. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.[2]

Edo State Governor

In April 2007, Adams Oshiomhole ran for Governor of Edo State under the Action Congress Party, with which his Labour Party had entered a strategic alliance.[2] Oserheimen Osunbor of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner. However, the AC contested the election on the basis of various irregularities. On March 20, 2008, an Edo State election tribunal nullified the election of Oserheimen Osunbor and declared Oshiomhole the winner. On November 11, 2008, a federal Appeal Court sitting in Benin City upheld the ruling of the state's elections petitions tribunal, declaring Oshiomole to be the Governor of Edo State. The decision was based on several voting irregularities.[5]

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Edo State Government Promises To Complete All Road Projects . In the works
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The Edo State government says it will ensure all on-going road projects are completed before the end of the Adams Oshiomhole-led administration. The Edo State Commissioner for Works, Mr Osarodion Ogie,... read more

Beautification of Oba Market Road from Ring Road Promise Kept
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Beautification of Oba Market Road from Ring Road to Siluko Road Inter Chande (0.85km), Benin City read more

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We cannot fix in 3 years what PDP failed to do in 16 years True
Adams Oshiomole
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole says the party will not stop blaming past administration for its failure during its 16 years of governance in... read more

Rains Disturbed Edo For Seven Years, That’s Why We Didn’t Build Roads Scandalous
Adams Oshiomole
Rains Disturbed Edo For Seven Years, That’s Why We Didn’t Build Roads While speaking on the state of roads in the state especially Benin City,the governor promised mass rehabilitation of roads... read more

You're a widow, go and die Scandalous
Adams Oshiomole
You're a widow, go and die. This was directed at a widow by the Edo state governor. read more

I Am Disappointed In Jega True
Adams Oshiomole
The governor maintained: “Prof. Jega and INEC have been an embarrassment to the nation. I am in shock at all the arrangement they have made sensitising the people. I told them... read more

Whether Anenih likes it or not, I am the chief security officer of Edo State Half True
Adams Oshiomole
Whether Anenih likes it or not, I am the chief security officer of Edo State. I can restrict his movement in this state if he becomes a security risk. I can... read more

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