Sen. Biodun Christine Olujimi

Biodun Christine Olujimi was born on the 25th of December, 1958 in Omuo, Ekiti. Due to the fact that her father was a photographer, he was commonly known as Ariyo photo.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Her education began at Our Lady of Apostles School in Ibadan, Oyo State and she later transferred to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, where she graduated with a diploma in 1976. From the University of Abuja, Biodun Olujimi also earned degrees in political science and a postgraduate degree in public relations and marketing.

CAREER

As a journalist and broadcaster, Biodun Olujimi began her career. She worked for the Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Posts and Telecommunication, Nigerian Television Authority, the Delta Steel Company, Ovwian Aladja, Reflex Concept, and DBN Television during her career as a journalist. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the manager of DBN TV.

POLITICAL CAREER

She began working in politics in 1997, when her husband joined the now-defunct NCPN as national publicity secretary. She then transferred to the All Progressive Congress (APC), where she continued to serve in that capacity.

Christine Olujimi joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2002, which marked the start of her significant political accomplishments. She was chosen to serve as the Executive Governor of Ekiti State’s Special Assistant in 2003, and from there she was elected to the Federal House of Assembly.

In 2005, she joined Governor Ayo Fayose as the deputy governor of Ekiti State. Olujimi rose to additional notable political positions, including director of women’s affairs and commissioner for works and infrastructure in her state. She ran for a Senate position in 2015, won it, and now serves as a senator for the Peoples Democratic Party, representing the Ekiti South constituency in the National Assembly.

She was chosen as the state party leader by the Peoples Democratic Party of Ekiti State in November 2018 in order to boost the state party ahead of the 2019 elections. Biodun lost her first seat representing Ekiti South in the 2019 General Elections to Prince Adedayo Clement Adeyeye, an APC candidate. However, she was later proclaimed the winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial District by the State Assembly Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court.

As a result, on the 14th of November 2019, the Senate President swore her into the Nigerian Senate. Olujimi and Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of Ekiti state, got into a verbal fight in 2020 during which she accused him of rigging the election at the Ekiti state PDP ward congress.

Sen. Abiodun Olujimi described on March 22, 2021, how she managed to avoid being shot at amid the chaos that broke out at the House of Assembly byelection for Ekiti East Constituency 1. Juwa Adegbuyi, a representative of the constituency, passed away in February, leaving the office empty. A bye-election was held to fill the vacancy.

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