Chief Oyebanjo, Community Leader and Grassroots Politician Departs


Chief Femi Oyebanjo

Chief Femi Oyebanjo, a community leader in Okeoro-Ekiti and one of the key political figures in the Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State since the second republic has passed on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

He was a progressive politician who has never departed from the politics of welfare and social democracy in the footsteps of his political leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of the defunct Western region of Nigeria and the leader of the Action Group (AG) and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the first and second republic politics of Nigeria.

The Aro of Okeoro was a leading light of Ijero politics during the botched third republic as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and was one of the founding members of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that metamorphosised into the All-Progressive Congress (APC). His progressive traits and a stint with the politics of “the people’s welfare” has made him famous as one of the progressive leaders of Ijero and indeed Ekiti politics. A WhatsApp group member described him “as a political rock of Gibraltar, a political institution, a man with large heart”.

“He was a great leader, gifted person, and King of boys who developed many youths, when he lived as a leading light,” says Honourable Ayo Awe, who is an APC staunch member in Ijero Local Government Area.

To many in the Progressives and Ijero community, he was called “The Boy” due to his nature as a father of the youths and his home was a political Mecca of some sorts.

He spent much of his senile life in Ijero-Ekiti having been born in Okeoro-Ekiti. Chief Femi Oyebanjo, the Aro of Okeoro-Ekiti was an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Social Science, United Kingdom. He served his community and humanity meritoriously even outside politics when he lived. May his ebullient soul rest in peace.

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