Meet Ladi Delano, the 32- year- old Nigerian born billionaire who Fronts for Bola Tinubu

At 32, Ladi Delano, the CEO of Delano Family Limited (DFL) is arguably one of the youngest billionaire from this part of the clime. He is said to have made part of his money fronting for the National leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

Delano made money from trading in goods including liquor and by subsequently putting his company up for sale, reports say he was introduced to Tinubu while the frontline politician recently underwent treatment for his knee injury in the United States of America.



The young businessman, who has been paying frequent visits to Asiwaju’s Victoria Island office, asserted that he was a key player in the team that delivered the technological strategy to win votes for Obama during the last elections. However, Delano’s claim has elicited strong disapproval amongst APC faithfuls who have described it as a crude lie concocted to make money and a disingenuous business pitch that could undermine the
reputation of the party.

Ladi Delano made his first millions as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China. In 2004, at age 22, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka. Solid XS went on to achieve over 50% market share in China.

He sold the company for $15 million and invested his funds into his next venture-The Delano Reid Group, a real estate investment holding company focused on mainland China. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) – a $1 billion joint venture with the $15 billion (market cap) Bakrie Group of Indonesia. Bakrie Delano Africa is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil & gas and executing them.

Ladi allegedly signed documents dated 12 May 2014, through his Delano Family Limited for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

All progressive Congress, APC, hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based Public Relations and Public Affairs for an annual fee of $1.2 Million, approximately N200 Million.

Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers, trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect the APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the P.R firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.

Details of the contract papers obtained by from  United State Department of Justice  shows that Burson-Marsteller will partner with Prime Policy Group based in the United States and will support the APC to develop messaging documents, pursue meetings with the media in London and Washington DC.

They will also pursue meetings with Political leaders and civil servants in London and Washington DC and develop briefing materials ahead of meetings.

APC had recently hired AKPD, President Barack Obama’s political strategy group to help position the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The APC has come under serious criticism for either not condemning the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents when they started or having members linked to the sect within its rank and file.

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Senator Ali Ndume are knows supporters of the Sect who are members of the APC. While Ndume is currently facing charges for allegedly sponsoring Boko Haram, Sheriff has not been charged.

According to the engagement letter, the appointment was deem to have started in May 12, 2014 with a monthly fee of $100,000.00

Thirty two year old mystery money man, Delano, who signed the document, had claimed he was part of Obama’s victory in a ploy to woo Bola Tinubu, so he could secure political campaign contracts from the APC.


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  1. The Truth August 13, 2014 at 5:08 am -

    All this talk of selling his Vodka company for millions. It went into liquidation (excuse the irony) and a lot of workers were left unpaid. This man is the Wolf of Nigeria apparently. Lies and fabrication for self elevation but what a salesman (liar).

  2. Adewale McPherson July 16, 2014 at 10:21 am -

    @Abubakar, Lami, Abubakar Faggae, Bernard. I’m happy there are still people like you who can read between the lines. People just come up with stupid headlines and stories to deceive others in a bid to cast aspersion on the reputation of other people and other parties..Arrant nonsense!!!I do not belong to any political party and will not let any idiot deceive me. Not after all the years I spent in the classroom.

    Let it be clear to all our Nigerian politicians and all those shortsighted and myopic idiots who sing their praises because they benefit from their nefarious activities, “valar morghulis”. Rich, poor etc, “all men must die”… U will return to the dust from where u are taken with nothing… “Nigerians are a terrible people”. U can crucify me for saying that, but it is the fact.

  3. Lami July 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm -


    I thot this post is about Delano, why delve into APC matter? What won’t you guys do to rubbish others.

    For people sensible enough to know, they signed agreement with APC on “12 May 2014” so how is he fronting for Bola Tinubu and how many billions has he made from May to July.

    Keep selling your lies. Continue o

  4. Abubakar July 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm -

    Haba Esquire! Just tell me how APC is evil

  5. SYLVAN July 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm -

    It’s better Delano think properly and get better advise him over his intention on 2015 b4 investing… 2015 Election is a different ball game if he don’t know… Many many things behind and under the Table…. If he think it will be same like USA and other..For his information I think is better he go and relax with his Family…. Some High hidden agendas are Lying Low waiting for 2015 to arrive… else he if dam tried to invest on such a Huge APC SCAM..he must blame himself for not Listen to my personal advise…Please pass this massage for him..Coz we love him to be happy!!.

  6. Abubakar Fagge July 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm -

    This story has no substance.Its junk. The story does not justify the headline. There is a desperate attempt to tie Tinubu’s name to everything. Ladi is on a legitimate business. The amount if true is paltry. the document if true shows there is nothing illegal going on here. I tire o. Ladi does not and cannot front for Tinubu.Its another false propaganda by paid hatchet men.

  7. natty lucky July 15, 2014 at 11:10 am -

    2015 is arround the coner..we are watching..

  8. Esquire July 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm -

    IF APC like let them hire Obama , they can’t smell that seat in Jesus name Amen!!! APC’s are evil and darkness .

    • bernard Imoren July 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm -

      This is another higwash story. I think any story on Tinubu so long as it is negatives sells. This story is utter rubbish. Do you know what fronting means? this story has not proven that Ladi fronts. Because if you offer services and you are paid for your public relations work or research work, that is not fronting. SOme mischief makers are at work here.