Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was elected Governor of Ekiti on Saturday.
He will succeed Governor Kayode Fayemi after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
Here are 15 facts about Oyebanji, the Ekiti State governor-elect:
1. Oyebanji was born in IKogosi – Ekiti on December 21, 1967.
2. Oyebanji is 54 years old.
3. He went to Baptist Primary School in Ikogosi, Ekiti State.
4. In 1979, he attended CAC Grammar School in Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti state, and Awo Community High School. From 1983 to 1985, he attended the Federal School of Arts and Science in Ondo State and the District Commercial Secondary School in Aramoko-Ekiti.
5. He earned a degree in Political Science from Ondo State University, now known as Ekiti State University, in 1989.
6. In 1992, he earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan (UI).
7. Oyebanji lectured at the Department of Political Science at the University of Ado Ekiti from 1993 to 1997 before moving on to work in the banking industry.
8. He served as secretary to the committee that oversaw the establishment of Ekiti State in 1996.
9. He was a key aide to the state’s first democratically elected governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
10. He served as a commissioner in Ekiti for two terms, under the Ministries of Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs and Budget, Economic Planning, and Service Delivery.
11. From 2001 to 2003, Oyebanji served as the Governor of Ekiti State’s Chief of Staff.
12. From December 2011 to January 2013, he was the Director of Ekiti State’s Office of Transformation Strategy and Delivery (OTSD).
13. On October 16, 2018, Oyebanji was appointed Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, a position he held until December 2021, when he resigned to run for Governor of Ekiti State.
14. As the result of the election was announced on the night of the election, his declaration as Governor was one of the earliest in Nigerian history.
15. He is married to Professor Oyebanji, an Ado Ekiti princess and associate professor at the University of Ibadan.