Abiodun Oyebanji swears in as Ekiti State Governor

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Abiodun Oyebanji swears in as Ekiti State Governor

Abiodun Oyebanji has been sworn in as the governor of Ekiti State. On Sunday around 12:53 p.m., he took his oath of office at the state government house.

Oyebanji, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, was declared the winner of the Ekiti governorship election with 187,057 votes.

He defeated his two closest challengers, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who received 82,211 votes, and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who received 67,457 votes.

Abiodun Oyebanji swears in as Ekiti State Governor



Justice Oyewole Adeyeye, the State Chief Judge, swore in the former Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, was present, as were Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong.

Others include Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki, Jigawa Governor Abubakar Badaru, and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).

The new governor has previously served in government through appointments or as a member of committees.

Some of his previous appointments

In 1994, Baba Deji Falegan appointed Oyebanji as Secretary of the committee formed to create Ekiti State. At one point, he was also the Secretary of the Ekiti State Development Fund.
When Nigeria reverted to democracy in 1999, he was appointed as one of the top advisers to Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the state’s first democratically elected governor, at the age of 32.

In 2003, Oyebanji rose through the ranks to become the state governor’s Chief of Staff.

In 2009, he was appointed chairman of the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre’s governing board by the federal ministry of youth and sports development (June 2009 –December 2010).


Oyebanji was appointed commissioner for integration and inter-governmental affairs in 2010, and later Ekiti’s office of transformation strategy and delivery (OTSD) a year later by Kayode Fayemi’s administration.

Kayode Fayemi appointed Oyebanji as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in 2018, after being reelected for a second term as Governor of Ekiti State.



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