|Laois County Councillor|
Okeodan, Ogun State, Nigeria
A convert from Islam to Christianity, he fled Nigeria in 2000, and made a claim for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution. His application was rejected because of insufficient evidence he had personally suffered persecution, but he gained residency because his third child, another boy, was born in Ireland. Against claims that he was a train operator working out of the Queens Park depot on the Bakerloo tube line, Adebari says he travelled to Ireland directly from Nigeria, via Paris, and never worked or lived in London at any time.
He and his family settled in County Laois. In 2004, he was elected as a town councilor in local elections. In June 2007 he was elected as mayor of Portlaoise Town Council (9 members), with support from Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and an Independent councillor. In the 2009 local elections he was re-elected to the town council and also to Laois County Council for the Portlaoise electoral area.
He ran as an Independent candidate in the 2011 general election for the Laois–Offaly constituency, though failed to get elected. He received 628 1st preference votes, a share of 0.85%. He is also a regular presenter on Midlands 103.
- "All hail The chieftain", Irish Independent, August 25, 2007
- Shawn Pogatchnik, "Ireland Gets Its First Black Mayor", Associated Press, June 28, 2007
- Shane Phelan and Eimear Ni Bhraonain, Candidate rejects claims he lied to stay in Ireland, Irish Independent, February 07 2011
- County Laois, Election of Town Mayor Makes History, website of the Laois County Council, June 28, 2007
- Ireland elects its first black mayor, RTÉ News, June 28, 2007
- Ireland elects first black mayor, BBC News, 28 June 2007
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