Rinsola Abiola is a Public Relations practitioner and advocate for good governance, gender equity and youth inclusion in politics.
She began her foray into youth advocacy via civil society and transitioned into mainstream politics in 2013. A former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rinsola advocated relentlessly for youth inclusion in the party’s organs and decision-making processes. In 2014, she served on the APC Presidential Campaign Council and in recognition of her efforts in mobilising the youth demography, she was appointed to the party’s Board of Trustees in 2015 following the APC’s victory at the polls.
Rinsola also played an active role in the Not Too Young To Run campaign, engaging the leadership of political parties and calling for the implementation of policies such as affirmative action and a reduction in the cost of forms, which will enable young people (and women) emerge as candidates.
Rinsola withdrew her membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in August 2018, following the refusal of the Ogun state chapter of the party to follow due process and ensure transparency in the candidate selection process. In her letter to the leadership of the party, she stated that such undemocratic practices continue to limit the participation of women and young people in political processes. She further argued that tyranny, in all its forms, should be resisted and said that the decision of who leads or represents a people should be made by them, not dictators who seek to enforce their will on the electorate in contravention of key democratic principles.
Rinsola subsequently joined the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and emerged as the party’s candidate for Abeokuta North/Odeda/Obafemi Owode federal constituency in the House of Representatives.
She currently works as an aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara