Ondo State is eagerly anticipating the upcoming gubernatorial election in 2024, and one name that has sparked considerable interest is John Akinmurele. Renowned for his unwavering commitment to good governance and social values, Akinmurele brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for human and community development to the forefront of his campaign.
With an impressive thirteen-year tenure in the State Security Service (SSS), also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) Nigeria, Akinmurele held several positions of high responsibility before voluntarily resigning. His extensive service took him across all thirty-six states of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where he served as a Security Advisor in the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP), as well as the Federal Ministry of Health as a Security Advisor to the Minister. Notably, he also served as the Security Intelligence Chief of Gassol Local Government Area in Taraba State.
Akinmurele’s achievements speak volumes about his dedication to social and community development. During his time as President of the Students’ Union at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, his visionary leadership caught the attention of the late Governor Olusegun Agagu, who identified Akinmurele as a rising star in the political landscape. Under his administration, the Students’ Welfare Transport Scheme and Students’ Welfare Insurance Scheme were initiated, revolutionizing student support systems in tertiary institutions across the state. Similar accolades followed his tenure as Deputy Speaker of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), Students’ Union Government at Ondo State Polytechnic, now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.
Akinmurele’s leadership journey began in his early years, where he exhibited exceptional qualities as the Health Prefect at Independence Grammar School, Ondo. Even in his native community of Ilutitun, Okitipupa Local Government Area, he displayed an unwavering commitment to service as the Time Keeper Prefect. His optimism, courage, faithfulness, and forthrightness have always been commendable traits that inspire those around him.
Despite not being born into privilege, Akinmurele has defied expectations and risen above circumstances. Though many predicted an early entry into politics, he chose to join the highly restricted and regulated State Security Service, building a remarkable career marked by thirteen years of meritorious service.
As part of his campaign activities, Akinmurele aims to contribute to his community in Ilutitun by building and donating a digital literacy center. This initiative reflects his commitment to empowering the youth and promoting access to knowledge and technology.
Currently, Akinmurele serves as the CEO of multiple foundations and entities, including the John Otitoloju Akinmurele Foundation (JOAF) and the Ise Oluwa Community Development Foundation (ISOCOD). Continuously seeking knowledge and growth, he is pursuing further education in Information Technology Systems and Security Administration in Canada, in addition to holding a Master’s degree in Legal Criminological and Security Psychology from the University of Ibadan.
With his inspiring philosophy and lifestyle, John Akinmurele serves as a beacon of hope and motivation to many. As Ondo State looks towards a transformative future, his leadership, experience, and unwavering dedication make him the ideal candidate to guide the state towards prosperity and progress.