Oyebanji: Things you need to know about Ekiti Governor-Elect

Oyebanji: Things you need to know about Ekiti Governor-Elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) certified Biodun Oyebanji, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election on Sunday, June 19.

Prof. Oyebode Adebowale, the INEC returning officer, declared Oyebanji the winner after certifying the law’s requirements. Oyebanji received a total of 187, 057 votes to win the election.

Oyebanji trounced his closest rival, former governor of Ekiti Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who came in second with a score of 82, 211.

With his landslide victory at the just concluded governoship election, Oyebanji has set a new record in the political and electoral history of Ekiti state. Since inception of the State, it was the first time an incumbent governor would produce a successor from the same party.

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Oyebanji also enjoyed the support of the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Similarly, Oyebanji’s victory marks the first time a political party will record a back-to-back victory in governorship in the state.

 

Profile

The Ekiti governor-elect, Oyebanji is the immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG). had previously served in the first tenure of Mr Fayemi, from 2010 to 2014, traversing a couple of ministries as commissioner.

Fayemi appointed him 2018 appointed as SSG, but Oyebanji resigned the position in December 2021 to contest for the governorship ticket of the APC.

He had previously served as a special assistant to the pioneer civilian governor of the state, Niyi Adebayo, on parliamentary affairs before his appointment as a special adviser.He later served as the Chief of Staff to the governor in the concluding part of the administration.

Oyebanji has been described as a core grassroots politician, who lived almost all his life in his homestead.

He was born on December 21, 1967 and hails from Ikogosi Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area.

After his secondary school education, Oyebanji proceeded to the then Ondo State University, now Ekiti State University, where he bagged a BSc in Political Science in 1989.

He also bagged an MSc in Political Science from the University of Ibadan in 1992.

The governor-elect worked as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Ekiti State University from 1994 to 1997 before veering into private practice and farming.

Today, Oyebanji is married and blessed with children.

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