Daniel Olugbenga Aluko (20 July 1963 – 20 November 2021) was a Nigerian politician. He was elected Senator for the Ekiti South constituency of Ekiti State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999.
|Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Ekiti State South District|
May 1999 – May 2003
|Succeeded by||Bode Olowoporoku|
Daniel Olugbenga Aluko
20 July 1963
Ekiti State, Nigeria
|Died||20 November 2021 (aged 58)|
|Political party||People's Democratic Party|
|Parent(s)||Sam Aluko (father)|
|Relatives||Bolaji Aluko (brother)|
Birth and early careerEdit
Daniel Olugbenga Aluko fondly called Gbenga was born at University College Hospital Ibadan, on 20 July 1963 into the family of Professor Sam Aluko, a prominent Nigerian Economist from Ode-Ekiti. As a young child Gbenga was exceptionally athletic and by the time he was in his teens, he could play tennis, cricket, basketball and football. He excelled in football in particular. He also loved and kept pets. He kept rabbits as a child and dogs once he left home to live on his own. Senator Aluko attended Federal Government College, Ilorin where he completed WASC examinations with a clean sweep of A grades. He went to University of Ife initially and then changed his course of study to Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Benin where he graduated in 1982 . He later went on to the College of Energy and Petroleum Studies, Oxford, England for a Post Graduate Course in International Oil Trading and Pricing. Senator Aluko married Sileola Adamolekun in November 1986 and they had their first child, Eniola in 1987.
He always had a zeal for enterprise and held several positions between 1983 and 1999 including Founder and Managing Director of HYGYNIX, Executive Director of Baseline Petroleum and Chemicals and Executive Chairman of Independent Strategists. In the year 1993 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation and General Manager of Nigeria Shipper’s Council where he served from 1993 to 1995..
After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999 Aluko was appointed to committees on Selection, Senate Services (vice chairman), Aviation, Women Affairs, Finance & Appropriation, Social Development & Sports and Local & Foreign Debts. He was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate. Later he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Gas Committee and Chairman of the Petroleum Committee. Aluko was opposed to plans to privatize the Nigerian Mint. He was appointed Chairman of an ad hoc committee to investigate the controversial closure of Savannah Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria. In September 2002, he seconded a motion to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate alleged constitutional and budgetary breaches committed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, which could be grounds for impeachment. In October 2002, Aluko replaced Oserheimen Osunbor as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Aluko was involved in controversy when he was among those indicted by a panel chaired by Senator Idris Kuta that investigated financial improprieties by Senators. The panel and a subsequent ad hoc committee chaired by Senator Victor Oyofo issued reports that found Aluko had overcharged for repairs to senators' quarters and overpriced computers and office equipment supplied to senate members, and recommended that he refund the excess. However, in September 2002, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Aluklo that senate should duly absolve all Senators indicted in both reports.
After leaving the Senate, Aluko continued in private enterprise, holding a controlling interest in Alstegg and Midlands, a Civil Engineering Firm and serving as a Director of Crest Healthcare, Consultant to DFID on Parliamentary Matters and Director of Government Affairs with Chevron Nigeria. He left the PDP for the Labour Party, on which platform he unsuccessfully contested the Ekiti State governorship election in 2007. In December 2009, Aluko returned to the PDP.
On 20 November 2021, Gbenga collapsed in his Abuja office and was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead
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