Who Is Governor Of Osun State 2020?

Insurance Broker by profession, Gboyega Oyetola is the incumbent and 9th serving democratic governor of Osun state.

BIOGRAPHY

Current Age: 66 years

Hometown: Iragbiji, Boripe LGA

Alma-mater: University of Lagos

Educational Qualifications: BSc Insurance

Political Party: All Progressives Congress

Terms In Office: 1st term running, to end in 2022

Deputy: Benedict Olugboyega Alabi

Marital Status: Married to Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola

First of 30 children, young Oyetola was born September 29, 1954 in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State. He finished his secondary education at Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo in 1972. Then, he proceeded to the University of Lagos, where he earned his Bachelor of Science honours degree in Insurance in 1978 and later, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same university in 1990.

He was posted to Potiskum, Yobe State for his mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), serving at the Staff Training Centre until 1979.

Oyetola is married to Kafayat, founder and President of Ilerioluwa Development Initiative, an NGO which is focused on providing assistance to less privileged women and children in Nigeria and the union is blessed with four children; Femi, Yemi, Kemi and Adeola.

EARLY CAREER

A year after NYSC, Oyetola got employed with Leadway Assurance Company Limited as an Area Manager up until 1987 when he left to join Crusader Insurance Company Limited as Underwriting Manager. He held this position until 1990. Moving on again, he secured himself the position of Technical Controller at Alliance and General Insurance but left in 1991 to start his own company, Silvertrust Insurance Brokers Limited where he became Managing Director. He had to leave the position when he got appointed as Chief of Staff to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola in 2011.

Oyetola has also served as Executive Vice Chairman, Paragon Group of Companies between 2005 and 2011. He was also Chairman of Ebony Properties Limited. He had been a Director of Pyramid Securities Limited, until 2011. He is an Associate Member, Chartered Insurance Institute in London and Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

POLITICAL JOURNEY

Oyetola has been in the political scene for quite a long time now, being a staunch member of the All Progressives Congress starting from its days as Alliance for Democracy (AD), metamorphosing to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and then APC.

All the while, he never contested for any elective position not until he ended his service of 8 years in the two-term government of Rauf Aregbesola. In July 2018, Oyetola went up against the Deputy Speaker of the Osun state House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun; Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Nojeem Salaam, Dr Samuel Ibiyemi; and Publisher Nigerian NewsDirect Newspapers, Adelere Oriolowo; Moshood Adeoti amongst others for the governorship ticket of the party.

He was recognized as the anointed of Aregbesola and was said to have close ties with the party’s national leader, Ahmed Tinubu.

He defeated all three of his opponents to emerge the party’s candidate and contested the September 22, 2018, gubernatorial election, which he won with 255,505 votes against 255,023 votes for Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party.

He was sworn into office on November 27, 2018.

NET WORTH

No exact estimation or figure is known about the net worth of Oyetola. But considering his years in the private sector, working in top managerial positions and CEO/Founder of SilverTrust Insurance Company, one could say he lives a very comfortable life.

AWARDS

Oyetola was up receiving plenty of awards all the while he worked in the private sector.

Among such are;

  • Distinguished Merit Award by his alma mater, Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo, February 2014
  • The Guardian Award for Exceptional Chief of Staff in the Federation 2017
  • Distinguished Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, August 2015
  • Leadership Award for Outstanding Performance by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Osogbo Branch, March 2016
  • Award of Excellence by Osun State University, College of Law, Ifetedo, January 2016
  • Award of Excellence as ICON of Good Governance by Network of Non-Governmental Organisation (NETNOS) State of Osun Branch. November 2017
  • Award for Exemplary and Exceptional Support and Fellow of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, January 2017
  • Grand Patron of the Local Government Chapel of Osun State NUJ, November 2016
  • Leadership Award by International Association of Lions Club, District 404B2, Nigeria, February 2016
  • NHQ Award of Excellence in Administration and Good Governance, May 2016
  • Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Rotary Club of Osogbo, Rotary International, July 2016
  • Meritorious Award by NAOSS, Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter, February 2017
  • African Students Union Parliament (ASUP), Pan-African Distinguished Leadership Honour as Icon of Nation Building in Nigeria 2018

CONTROVERSIES

  • Joining in the practice of this present crop of governors, Oyetola bought cars worth over ₦260 million as gifts to each of the 26 members the State House of Assembly despite owing salaries of state workers and pensions of retirees.
  • Like most elections in Nigeria, the election that brought the emergence of Oyetola was fraught with different anomalies. Hence, very controversial. Oyetola was not initially pronounced winner of the election, Adeleke was. But INEC later declared a rerun in seven polling units across four council areas on Thursday, 27th September 2018, which Oyetola won and then, was declared the winner of the election on Friday 28th September 2018, a day before his birthday. However, Mr Adeleke rejected the election as a charade and a coup against Osun residents, vowing to retrieve his mandate. He headed to the Election Tribunal which, declared that the All Progressive Congress and its candidate, were not validly returned. The case was taken up to the Court of Appeal, which then quashed the tribunal’s ruling and affirmed Oyetola’s victory. Again, the challenge went up to the  Supreme court by the opposition. However, the apex affirmed the judgement of the appeal court.
  • Oyetola borrowed funds to improve the state’s infrastructure and attract potential investments but claimed that those were not anywhere near as much as the debt his predecessors racked up. As of May 2018, the state admitted a debt profile of over N170 billion.
  • Very unfortunately, the previous cordial relationship between Oyetola and his predecessor, Aregbesola has recently shown major signs of crack. The rift between the duo started after Oyetola reversed most education policies put in place by the Aregbesola administration. The governor was bashed by some and praised by others. According to him, the decision was a response to the yearnings of the people and in line with the citizens’ needs assessment conducted in the state last year. But the critics noted that Oyetola could have made necessary adjustments to the policies without making them appear “evil” particularly since he was part of the last administration.

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