Compiled by Sola Akingboye
Hon. Olusola Nehemiah Ebiseni, a lawyer, activist and former three-time Commissioner in Ondo State and a delegate at the 2014 National Confab, was born and raised in Ogun state to parents of Ilaje Ondo state origin and traversed Ibadan, Lagos, Nsukka, Ile-Ife in his formative years and in search of sound education, Chief Nehemiah Olusola Ebiseni is a blend of many cultures which prepared him for future national endeavors devoid of parochial, restricted end.
O-N-E as fondly called by admirers, is one of the most constant factor in Ilaje Politics with an unrivalled smashing record having held several political positions and delivered. He is in fact the most tested and trusted Ilaje politician of repute who has twice aspired to be the governor of Ondo State.
In 2016, he aspired as one of the PDP guber aspirants and he also made a strong impact in 2007 when he contested as the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Democratic People’s Alliance, DPA flexing his muscle against two most formidable titan in the state Dr.Segun Agagu of PDP and Dr.Olusegun Mimiko of LP.
This articulate Legal luminary has cascade the political landscape retuning to power than any other Ilajes and he was a member of the National Constitutional Conference in 2014.
Ebiseni was born about 60years ago at Ado-Odo Ota local government of Ogun State, to the family of late Pa Ebido Shadrach Ebiseni of Motoro, Ilaje local government of Ondo State, entered into Ilaje politics emerging as Ilaje Local Government Chairman and he has from there build a very strong reputation for himself.
Ebiseni later becomes the first Commissioner for Environment in Ondo State under Gov. Adebayo Adefarati. And he returned to that mainstream of Ondo State Politics as he was appointed by Gov.Mimiko as Chairman of the Law Commission and later returned as the Commissioner of Environment.
No doubt, His students’ activism in the 1980s which started at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and climaxed at Great Ife took him to virtually all higher institutions in the country then where he interacted with, members of his generation across the nation.
This progressive pan Nigerian attitude he brought to play when at the age of barely 30 and one the youngest in the country he was elected Chairman of the dual linguistic and cultural former Ilaje/Ese Odo LG comprising the Ilaje Yoruba and the Ijaw ethnic nationalities which he administered without any iota of discrimination or dichotomy in his appointments and project locations.
He rehabilitated all Primary Schools and distributed exercise books to all pupils in both primary and secondary schools; gave bursary to all students in higher institutions, sponsored through scholarship over 300 students of the LG at both the Ondo state Schools of Nursing and Health Technology to kick start his rural health programs most of whom are top level civil servants today.
Among those employed or developed in other cadres are also now DLGA,HPM, Treasurer, Engineers etc. Built Comprehensive Health Centers in each of the 10 wards. Other landmark projects include markets at Igbokoda, Arogbo, Ipoke, Igboegunrin etc, electricity foot bridges, jetties, affordable mass transit boats and buses, customary court, library, Marine Police Station,(old Post office).
Represented Ondo state LGS at the World Conference of Local Authorities in Oslo Norway 1991; most publicized Chairman of his time which further brought Ilaje and Ese Odo to lime light; Surveyed Araromi- Mahin-Ugbo Road in 1992, now Olokola-Alape-Ugbo Rd; also surveyed Igbokoda- Orere Ara Rd 1992, opened up Itamerin- Gada- Kiribo Rd. A cursory look at his cabinet shows ( a) V.C Toyo-Apoi (b) Secretary Uroaye/Iyapo- Ugbo;(c) Leader of Council- Egbunu-Arogbo now Chief Registrar of the state Customary Court of Appeal; (d) Supervisors: Anifowose now Director OSOPADEC -Ugbo, Gbenro Tomiye-Ugbo, Dabo-Apoi, Etinkhumo-Arogbo, Enikansaye-(Riskey) now a school principal-Ugbo, Tunde Ayemo ex Ondo MHA – Etikan, Press Officer Owosanni – Ugbo.
Not a single Mahin from where he is said to hail was in his cabinet compared with other leaders who for sectional reasons consider people of their kingdoms in appointments, training or employment; most political juggernauts in Ilaje and Ese Odo today were developed, employed or they took bearings during the Ebiseni years as Chairman of these wonderful riverine and coastal peoples.
No wonder Olugbo honored him Atayese of Ugboland, Agadagba decorated him Ibedubamowei (Atunluse) of Arogbo Ibe and Kalasuwe made him Otunbaleye of Apoi land. Ebiseni mobilized the people of Ilaje / Ese Odo in the national campaigns leading to the recognition of Ondo state as oil producing when he was chairman in 1992; the beautiful Ilaje National Anthem which serves as their covenant of unity was proposed by Ebiseni first to the National Association of Ilaje students when he was not even holding any political office in 1996 and adopted at the larger conference of Ilaje people in 1998?
He was appointed Director Oluwa Glass Company, Chairman of the state Law Commission, 3 times Commissioner by 2 different administrations, outstanding delegate of the 2014 National Confab where this renowned lawyer convinced the nation that it was in Araromi Ilaje Ondo state 1908 and not Oloibiri Bayelsa 1956 that oil was first discovered in Nigeria. Like the biblical Nehemiah Governor of Jerusalem, Nehemiah Olusola Ebiseni’s calling to the governorship of Ondo state is divine,his mission and vision are focused on the generality of the people of Ondo state whose service he has been in the larger part of his adult life. He is enabled by the Lord’s mercy.
Meet Barr. Olusola Ebiseni, as he presents himself once again for the service of the people @Ondo 2020. [PHOTOS]
Ebiseni received at the PDP national secretariat by party officials at Wadata House, Abuja.
Ebiseni arrives PDP Headquarters, Wadata House, Abuja for Screening
Even the O-N-E ‘s supporters speaks on social media, hear them:
Ogbeni Babatunde Samuel Akingboye (BSA)
‘The Kind of Man I want representing us’
“As a result of one such painful situation in our dear Ondo state, I sought out a new man who could be at the helm of affairs, a man who I thought could really run our dear state. Armed with the new tool of being able to elicit someone’s values, I asked each of the potential candidates, “What’s most important to you in your life?” Some of them said things like “success” or “accomplishment” or “being the best.” But One man used the magic word. He said, “Honesty.”
“I didn’t just take him at his word; I checked him out with several people he’d worked with. They confirmed that he was “honest as the day was long” and that, in fact, at times he had set aside his own needs if there was any question of integrity. I thought, “This is the man@OlusolaNehemiahEbiseni I want representing us.” And he would do a fine job.”
“Olusola Nehemiah did not just choose to be Governor of Ondo State for the sake of the opulence that comes with the office ,or the glamour ,neither is it for personal aggradishment .
“He has an unbridled ppassion for the growth and development of his people He talks about it and acts it whether in private or public Having being a close friend and confidant for about four decades can confidently attest to this He knows his onions and has taken time to study the historical background of his people.
“On this ,he is an accomplished and unraravelled historian From Ilaje to Akoko, he can confidently write and talk about them He knows their yearnings and aspirations of his people Being a one time chairman of his Local government area, three time commissioner , law reforms chairman and member of the CONFAB that represented Ondo State then he has seen it all Being a Governor will be a familiar turf for him .
“It will not be an Herculean task Every delegate of the PDP in the forthcoming primary election should vote for him He shines brightest out of the lot He will make us proud ONE love keeps us together”