#OneNGWeekly (episode 29): Life History Of Otunba Dipo Dina

otunba dipo dina
Late Dipo Dina
 Dipo Dina born on January 15, 1960 into the Dipo Alapo Ekun family of Iyanro, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State., he became a chartered accountant after graduating for the University of Lagos. He based in Lagos but had an exquisite country home Endurance Garden in the Government Reservation Area, Ijebu-Ode. He is very wealthy, he was said to have inherited a vest estate from his late father and he also earn as a chartered accountant, he ran several businesses including a firm at chartered accountants and was also on the board of several companies

Otunba dipo dina joined politics and was the House of Representatives candidate of the then Alliance for Democracy [AD] in Ijebu-Ode in the 2003 polls.
He lost the election during which all AD candidates lost including Chief Olusegun Osoba who was the incumbent governor seeking a return back then. He did not challenge the victory of his hardly known opponent then because the leadership of the party had decided not to do so.
But soon after, Dina dug deep and began to organize the party and decided to launch his bid for the exalted office of governor. He set up the Dipo Dina Movement which began to run adverts in a national newspaper. The adverts were not only stinging to the state government, but were also embarrassing as the Movement began to give details of mismanagement and looting of public funds allegedly by the state government.

These went on for some time with the Movement quoting vouchers and other government documents expected to be Top Secret. Government was piqued and he was reported to the police. He was subsequently arrested for allegedly stealing government documents. He was arrested

For days, Dina and four of his associates in the Movement were locked up at Zone II Headquarters in Lagos before he was moved to the Police Headquarters Eleweran where he spent 2005 Christmas and Boxing Day holidays with hoodlums and criminals in the cell.

He was to come out after getting bailed at the magistrate court to say: have never spent Christmas away from my family until now. If that is what I will get from trying to make my so society better, so be it. But I remain unbowed and I will continue to fight for the betterment of my society and the well-being of the people

Government in the interim got an injunction restraining the Dipo Dina Movement and the national newspaper from further publishing any document relating to the finances of the state. Dina was sent for trial but was discharged and acquitted.

Not done yet with Ogun politics, he went into the primaries of the Action Congress, defeats five other aspirants to clinch the ticket of the party for the 2007 polls.
By then the suave politician had entered the psychic of the state and was already a known figure.
It was with this status that he went into the elections with the incumbent, Back then, Otunba Olugbenga Daniel [PDP], Senator Ibikunle Amosun (ANPP) Alhaji Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka [DPP] and a few other unknown quantities.

The late Dina came a distant third and immediately headed for the tribunal to challenge the victory of Otunba Daniel claiming that the elections were not only rigged but fraught with violence and other anomalies. A substantial part of his petition was knocked off and he lost at the tribunal. He went ahead to the Court of Appeal, the zenith of governorship election petition, where he lost again.

Believing that he was robbed of his victory at the polls, Dina declared after the judgment that he had left everything to God.

His Death
Monday 25th of January 2010 will forever remain tragic in the hearts and minds of friends, family, supporters and admirers of Otunba Adedipupo Dina (DD Direct) who was murdered in cold blood on Sango Ota road in Ogun state. It is especially painful to individuals like me who saw the late politician as a strong hearted, fearless and patriotic indigene of Ogun state who, above all, had the interest and well being of the people at heart.

The tale of his death is still a tragic best told by his driver who witnessed the unfortunate incident. There were two sides to the story; one told by the police and the other by the driver. The police story had it that Otunba Dipo Dina was attacked by armed robbers and while they demanded money, Otunba Dina, instead of obeying resorted to dragging guns with them, this, the police claimed angered the bandits and the bandits shot Dipo Dina before zooming away with his car and driver. The second side told by the driver was quite different from the tale of the police report. The driver claimed that Adedipupo was stormed by a team of hired assassins who stopped the moving SUV and ordered Otunba to come down. Otunba came down gently and he was then told that some group of individuals have paid handsomely for his life and they were there to take it. Before one could say ‘Jack’ rains of bullet descended on Otunba Dipo Dino and the rest. He was gunned down by some hired assassin


Share this


Related Posts

Next Post »