Ondo North Senatorial District is represented by Professor Robert Ajayi Boroffice.
Robert Ajayi Boroffice was born on April 23, 1949, to the late Pa Zachaeus Omololu Boroffice and the late Mrs. Comfort Aina Boroffice in Iboje Quarters, Oka-Akoka, Ondo State, Western Nigeria.
Between 1955 and 1960, Robert Ajayi Boroffice attended Christ School in Oka-Akoko for his elementary education. From 1961 to 1965, he attended African Church Grammar School in Oka-Akoko for his secondary education, graduating with a first division in the West African School Certificate Examination.
In addition, between 1966 and 1967, he completed his Higher School Certificate at Victory College Ikare-Akoko. After a brief stint as a teacher at his alma mater, African Church Grammar School, he continued on to the University of Ibadan in 1968 to pursue a degree in geology before switching to zoology.
He received a Second-Class Upper Division and was the top student in his department when he graduated in 1971.
He was accepted to the doctoral program because of his exceptional achievement. He earned a PhD in genetics in 1975. He traveled to the University of Newcastle in 1978 in order to pursue a post-doctoral research fellowship in human genetics.
It is important to mention that he received scholarships throughout his academic career as a result of his brilliance. He held a Western State Scholarship while attending secondary school.
He received a scholarship from the west German government for his undergraduate studies, and a grant from the Bulgarian government for his doctoral studies. He was a recipient of the inter-University council fellowship award as a post-doctoral research fellow.
In 1975, he was hired as a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, and in 1986, he was appointed professor of zoology at Lagos State University. At one time, he served as the department head, dean of the faculty, and chairman of the committee of deans at Lagos State University.
In 1992, Boroffice was appointed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure’s Coordinating Director for Science.
The National Biotechnology Development Agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency, and the National Space Research and Development Agency were established as a result of his work in the fields of biotechnology, information and communication technology, and space science and technology.
Boroffice was appointed director general of the space agency in 1999 and served in that capacity for 10 years. Under his direction, the organization launched two satellites: NigeriaSat-1, a low orbit earth observation microsatellite, in 2003; and NigcomSat-1, a communication satellite, in 2007. Additionally, he established the foundation for the construction of NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, which were launched from Russia in August 2011.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo conferred the title of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) on Boroffice in 2004. The World Federation of Science Journalists presented Boroffice with the 2011 Golden Merit Award in Space Science in March of that year.
In the 2011 elections, Robert Ajayi Boroffice defeated incumbent senator Bode Olajumoke of the People’s Democratic Party to become the senator for Ondo North Senatorial District (PDP).
The election saw 84,290 votes cast in favor of Boroffice. The incumbent senator Bode Olajumoke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Agunloye Olu of the Action Congress of Nigeria came in second and third, respectively, with 51,112 and 36,601 votes.
However, in the 2015 elections, he was re-elected as a senator on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, and he was also re-elected in 2019.
Ondo Central senatorial district is represented by Akinyelure Patrick Ayo.
Akinyelure Patrick Ayo, a Nigerian banker who ran for the Labour Party in the 9 April 2011 elections, was chosen to represent the Ondo Central constituency in Ondo State in the Nigerian Senate (he was subsequently re-elected to the same position).
Ayo is a Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria-approved tax practitioner. From 1994 through 2010, he served as the Allover Group’s Group Executive Chairman. He disputed in January 2011 that he was the subject of an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the Central Bank of Nigeria’s decision to revoke the bank’s license.
In April 2007, Patrick Ayo Akinyelure ran for the Labour party’s nomination for the Ondo South Senate seat. Based on Akinyelure’s appeal, an Election Petition Tribunal in Akure invalidated Senator Gbenga Ogunniya of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) election in July 2008. Ogunniya was successful in overturning this judgment.
Akinyelure stood again in the elections on April 9, 2011, and this time she won with 113,292 votes, defeating PDP candidate Gbenga Ogunniya, who received 41,783 votes.
The Ondo South senatorial district is represented by Nicholas Olubukola Tofowomo.
Nigerian politician Nicholas Tofowomo is the senator for Ondo State’s Ondo South Senatorial District in the Ninth National Assembly.
During the Olusegun Mimiko administration, Tofowomo served as the commissioner for transportation. On October 3, 2018, he was chosen as the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate after receiving 241 votes, 227 votes from Engr. Ademulegun, and 177 votes from Sola Ebiseni, a former commissioner for the environment.
He won the Ondo South Senate seat on February 25, 2019, in a special election, defeating Yele Omogunwa, the sitting senator, who received 51,993 votes after receiving 79,036 votes. On July 24, 2019, Tofowomo appointed 46 assistants.
He was in an automobile accident on September 6, 2019, and broke a bone as a result. He was appointed to a 56-person Constitution Review Committee on February 6, 2020.