Hon. Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji was born on December 21, 1967, in Ikogosi-Ekiti, and served as the Secretary to the Government of Ekiti State. He began his academic journey at Baptist Primary School, Ikogosi-Ekiti. He attended Awo Community High School before transferring to C.A.C. Grammar School, Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State in 1979, and later attended the Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo State, and the District Commercial Secondary School, Aramoko-Ekiti from 1983 to 1985.

He acquired a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Political Science from the Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti) in 1989 and continued his quest for honours at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 1992 where he bagged his Masters’ Degree (M.Sc) in Political Science (International Relations & Strategic Studies). Oyebanji started his professional career as a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ado Ekiti, where he worked for four years (1993 – 1997) and later proceeded to work as Manager, Treasury, and Financial Services at the defunct Omega Bank Plc (now Heritage Bank) till May 1999. Oyebanji is engaged in the Agribusiness and is the chairman of Con Dois Farms Ltd.

As a successful businessman and a devoted public servant, Abiodun Oyebanji has earned many awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Alumni Association of the then Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, and the Certificate of Excellence awarded by the National Association of Political Science Students (NAPSS), Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti. Writing the history of politics and governance in Ekiti State is incomplete without mentioning the critical contributions of Abiodun Oyebanji.

He was Special Assistant (Parliamentary Affairs) to the Governor of Ekiti State (8th June 1999 – July 2000); Special Adviser (Parliamentary Affairs) to the Governor of Ekiti State (1st Aug. 2000 – Sept. 2001); Chief of Staff to the Governor of Ekiti State (September 2001 – May 29, 2003); Chairman, Governing Board, Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (June 2009 – December 2010); Commissioner, Ministry of Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Ekiti State (23rd December 2010 – December 2011); Head, Office of Transformation Strategy and Delivery (OTSD), Ekiti State (December 2011 – 9th January 2013); Commissioner, Ministry of Budget, Economic Planning and Service Delivery, Ekiti State (10th January 2013 – 16th October 2014); Secretary, Ekiti State Government (16th October 2018 – Till date). Oyebanji was instrumental to the creation of Ekiti State in 1996 as he served as Member, Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, and Secretary, Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State (1996). He was also Secretary, Ekiti State Development Fund.

Oyebanji left his job as the State Government’s Secretary in 2021 to pursue his desire to become governor.

Oyebanji announced his intention to run for governor of Ekiti State in the 2022 election on December 8, 2021. There were rumors that Oyebanji was Kayode Fayemi’s favorite, which implied that he would be an imposition on the state. As a result, other candidates withdrew from the governorship primary elections, claiming that the “election committee was made up of Fayemi loyalists.”

The party hierarchy ignored the complaints of the other candidates, so a primary was held. Oyebanji won with 101,703 votes, running unopposed, to become the APC’s candidate for governor in the 2022 election for Ekiti State.

Olusegun Oni, a former governor and candidate for governor from the Social Democratic Party, finished in second place on June 18, 2022, and was defeated by Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji by a margin of 30%. On October 16, 2022, he was formally sworn in as the governor of Ekiti State.

PERSONAL LIFE

Oyebanji is currently married to Prof. (Mrs.) Oyebanji, an associate professor at the University of Ibadan and an Ado Ekiti princess.

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