By Isa Isawade
High Chief Owolabi Salis, M.Sc., LLB, BL, FCA, CPA, New York Juris Doctor Bar was born in Lagos on March 1st, 1963.
According to his profile on Wikipedia and his facebook wall @owolabisalis1, he holds a B.SC., Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; M.Sc., Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; LL.B., Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria; Barrister at Law (B.L.,) Council of Legal Education, Nigeria.
The Alliance for Democracy governorship candidate in Lagos State also parades numerous professional qualifications such as FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); ACIB, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN (Fellow graded); ANIPR, Associate, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (CPA); American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA), New York State Bar 2002 USA and National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) Now FINRA.
He is a member, American Branch of International Law Association, ILA; Member, New York State and New York County Bar Associations; Member, United States Chamber of Commerce; Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Member, Amnesty International; and Member, Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce.
Barrister Owolabi Salis has had over 30 years of practice in both Law and Accounting fields.
He has written many research papers and journals cutting across fields of accounting, law, businesses, education, governance, and so on.
Awards and honours he has received include Distinguished Men of Achievement Award 1996; Head of Federal Civil Service Recognition for Patriotic and Selfless Service to Nigeria (Aug./Sept. 2002) and Lagos State Police Command Peace Award, 2007 (Best Governorship Candidate for Peace).
As a very cosmopolitan Nigerian, Owolabi has been conferred with many chieftaincy titles and honors among which are the Enyioma Ndigbo Gburugburu 1 by HRH Eze Dr. Ngozi Ibekwe, the King of Ancient Kingdom of Etiti Mgboko of Abia State; Magayaki Giade, Bauchi by Sarkin Mohammed Sabo, the traditional ruler of Giade; Obong Adaha Uyo (The Pilar of Uyo, Akwa Ibom) by Edidem (Surv.) Edem Silas Akpan, FNIS, JP, the Paramount Ruler of Uyo on May 11, 2012; the Akinyegun of Owu Kingdom by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Oba Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom and Aare Apase 1 of Igede-Ekiti.
High Chief Owolabi Salis is an attorney at Law, Politician and Certified Public Accountant who is committed to building a strongly united and enduring Nigeria.
He has been involved in politics since 1979 as a member of UPN Youth Wing before moving to the NPN in 1982.
Owolabi was the leader of South West Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in USA between the years 2009 and 2010.
In 2003 and 2007, the Chartered Accountant contested and lost the PDP Lagos State governorship primaries.
In September 2018, the renown lawyer emerged, through a consensus, as the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos for the March 2, 2019 elections.