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10 things to know about Oyebanji, Ekiti governor-elect

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In what many consider a predicted victory, Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress, in the early hours of Sunday, was declared winner of the governorship election in Ekiti State.

Oyebanji, a former Secretary to the State Government, won by a landslide after sweeping 15 out of the 16 LGAs in the state with his 187,057 votes. His two closest challengers, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 82,211 and 67,457 votes, respectively.

Here are ten things you should know about the Ekiti governor-elect.

1. Oyebanji was born on December 21, 1967, in lkogosi-Ekiti. He is currently 54 years old.

2. He bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti) in 1989. He also holds a masters’ Degree in the same discipline from the University of Ibadan.

3. From 1993 to 1997, Oyebanji had a stint as a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ado Ekiti, before he proceeded to work in the banking sector.

4. He was the secretary of the committee that oversaw the creation of Ekiti State in 1996.

5. He served as one of the key aides to the first democratically elected governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.

6. From 2001 to 2003, Oyebanji was the Chief of Staff to the governor of Ekiti State.

7. He was a two-time commissioner in Ekiti, serving in the Ministry of Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs and Ministry of Budget, Economic Planning and Service Delivery.

8. He was Head, Office of Transformation Strategy and Delivery (OTSD), Ekiti State from December, 2011 to January, 2013.

9. On October 16, 2018, Oyebanji was appointed Secretary to the Ekiti State Government.

10. He is engaged in Agribusiness and is the chairman of Con Dois Farms LTD.

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