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Iyabo Obasanjo Bello

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Preceded by  Ibikunle Amosun
Name  Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello
Constituency  Ogun Central
Children  Jimi Bello
Nationality  Nigerian
Siblings  Adeboye Obasanjo
Residence  United States

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Succeeded by  Olugbenga Onaolapo Obadara
Born  27 April 1967 (age 48) Lagos Nigeria (1967-04-27)
Political party  People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Role  Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter
Spouse  Akeem Bello (m. 1999–2003)
People also search for  Olusegun Obasanjo, Stella Obasanjo
Parents  Oluremi Obasanjo, Olusegun Obasanjo
Education  Cornell University (1994), University of California, Davis (1990), University of Ibadan (1988)

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (born 27 April 1967) is a daughter to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Oluremi Obasanjo.


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Early life and education

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Obasanjo-Bello attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos, Capital School in Kaduna, and Queen's College in Lagos. She obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ibadan in 1988, a master's degree in Epidemiology from University of California, Davis in Davis, California, United States, in 1990, and a PhD in the same subject from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1994.

Political career


Before her senatorial election, Obasanjo-Bello was Ogun State Commissioner for Health. She was elected as a Nigerian Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District of Ogun State in April 2007. She ran for re-election April 2011 on the PDP platform, but was defeated by Olugbenga Onaolapo Obadara of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), who gained 102,389 votes to Obasanjo Bello's 56,312. For 2012

Senate career

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Obasanjo-Bello was elected to the Senate on 28 April 2007 on a People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform; her Action Congress (AC) opponent Remilekun Bakare challenged this outcome, but the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal upheld her victory.

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She was the Chairman of the Senate's Health Committee, and a member of the Security & Intelligence, Land Transport, Science & Technology, Education, National Planning, and Inter-Parliamentary Committees. She lost her seat during the National Assembly Elections on 9 April 2011.

Assassination attempt

In April 2003 on the day of the general elections her car was shot at on Ifo Road in Ogun State. She was not in the car but 3 adults and 2 children in the car died. The perpetuators were never caught.

EFCC investigation

In April 2008, Obasanjo-Bello came under investigation by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) due to the investigations involving the Former Minister for Health and her minister for (state) Health, Prof. Adenike Grange, for embezzlement of public funds. The Ministry at the end of the financial year did not return all unspent funds to the government coffers. The amount was 300 million naira, which was allegedly distributed among the Minister, her minister of state and top civil servants on the Senate and House Health Committee she chairs. The Minister and her deputy were forced to resign after returning their share of the money; they were later arrested and posted bail. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello refused to return her portion of this money, 10 million naira. She claimed that the nine members of her committee "lobbied" for funds from the ministry they oversaw. She maintained this money was spent on a conference on capacity building some members of the health committee attended in Ghana. She has so far refused to appear before the EFCC. Although summoned, along with the minister and other civil servants, she refused to appear in court. A week later a high drama ensued when officials of the EFCC tried to arrest her at her home in the Maitama district of Abuja city, after several simultaneous stake outs by law enforcement officials that had her jumping over her fence to evade arrest by Nigerian law enforcement officers. In 2009 the case was thrown out of the High Court in Abuja as having no merit.

Obasanjo-Bello described the allegation as "blackmail", and said she was being targeted because she was the daughter of the former President.

Academic career

She worked in Clinical Research in the US before returning to Nigeria in 2003. she was a Fellow and for 2013 a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative. Her noted works include:

  • Olowonyo, MT; MA Adekanmbi and Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (2004). "Findings on the Use of Antenatal Facilities in Ogun State". Nigerian Medical Practitioner. 45 (5): 68–71. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  • Olowonyo, MT; S Oshin and Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (2006). "Some factors associated with low birthweight in Ogun State, Nigeria". Nigerian Medical Practitioner. 49 (6): 154–157. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  • References

    Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello Wikipedia