The former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Ekiti state and a governorship aspirant, Abiodun Abayomi Oyebamiji (BAO), has denied insinuation in some quarters that the state governor was sponsoring him to contest the next governorship election.
Oyebamiji, who resigned his appointment late last year 2021 as governor Fayemi’s SSG also denied that factions exist in the Ekiti chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the likes of Senator Babafemi Ojodu and Adedayo Adeyeye will have no choice but to align.
Speaking with newsmen at Ado-Ekiti the Ekiti state capital, southwest of Nigeria, Oyebamiji said if given the opportunity he will prioritise the challenges of poverty and insecurity in the state.
When asked whether he is the anointed candidate of the governor he said: “The governor of Ekiti State is the leader of the party in the state, all aspirants are members of APC in the state. The governor has no preferred candidate, he prefers everyone and the candidate will emerge at primaries. I am not his anointed. Everybody running belongs to APC and he is our leader and I’m sure that every one of us enjoys his support.”
On what he will bring to bear as governor, he said: “We have a 5-Pillar Agenda. We have a state development master plan that is being crafted and whatever we are going to do must find a space within those two documents and as a tradition, we consult with the people to ask for their needs.
“Our approach to governance will be a bottom-up approach. We will consult with them, ask them of their needs and these will find a space within the development plan.”
When asked to comment on some aggrieved members of APC in the Ekiti chapter like Babafemi Ojodu and Dayo Adeyeye, among others, the governorship aspirant said: “I am not aware of any faction in Ekiti state APC. Politics is a game of ideas, there are various views on how things should go. But the APC is one family.
“Babafemi Ojodu and Dayo Adeyeye they are still in APC, we are one family and even in the family, there are disagreements, so it is not a big deal. I am not aware of any faction in APC. We had congresses recently and I’m sure everyone participated, the party has also put in place measures for those who are interested to come and pick their form, so there is no faction in Ekiti state APC, we are one.”
The Man, Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji
Honourable Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji was born on Thursday, December 21, 1967, in Ikogosi-Ekiti, and was the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) 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 Agribusiness and is the chairman of Con Dois Farms Ltd.
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.
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What I believe 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