Buckingham PhD student elected to unitary Buckinghamshire Council
'There is a lot we can do to improve things for residents, so I will be working very hard to bring about those improvements,' says new Buckingham East councillor
One of Buckingham's newlly elected councillors on the unitary Buckinghamshire Council is a PhD student at the University of Buckingham.
Adekunke (Ade) Osibogun is a lawyer who is studying for a PhD in Constitutional Law at the university, where he obtained his law degree.
The former Student Union president, who lives with his family in Buckingham, was elected for the Buckingham East ward, along with councillors Warren Whyte and Howard Mordue.
Ade, whose daughters go to school in Buckingham, is an active member of various town groups, including Buckingham Rotary Club and Buckingham Twinning Association.
Originally from Nigeria, Ade completed his undergraduate course in Buckingham before attending the University of Manchester for his Masters degree. He then completed his qualification as a barrister with the Middle Temple before returning to Nigeria. Ade came back to live in Buckingham two years ago, when he began his PhD and set up a law practice in Buckingham.
Ade, 39, whose wife Moni works locally as a lawyer, said: "I’m truly honoured to have been elected to represent Buckingham. I’m grateful to the electors who have trusted me with their mandate to represent their interest on the Buckinghamshire Council.
"I've got a close working relationship with my fellow ward councillors, Cllr Warren Whyte and Cllr Howard Mordue, so we can really make our voices heard to support residents and address concerns raised on the doorsteps.
"Buckingham is such a lovely town and my family love living here, but there is a lot we can do to improve things for residents, so I will be working very hard to bring about those improvements."
University of Buckingham vice-chancellor James Tooley said: "I'm delighted that Adekunle will be representing the town of Buckingham at unitary authority level. He's an active member of the community and his involvement will really benefit Buckingham. He worked hard when he was president of the Student Union at Buckingham and he will make an excellent councillor.
"We're proud that Adekunle is just the latest student to take an active interest in political activities. We've had students who've stood for a range of political parties previously. We also have a number of alumni who have become MPs. It's really important that young people engage in politics and it is something we are keen to encourage at Buckingham."