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Mr. Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola, on Tuesday took oath of office as the 5th executive governor of Osun state, for a four year term.
His predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the newly sworn-in governor, are members of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Party (APC).
The swearing in ceremony which took place at the Osogbo Township Stadium, had in attendance former Governor and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, and other dignitaries.
Recall that Governor Oyetola was declared governor-elect after winning with the smallest margin ever in Nigeria’s governorship elections, defeating the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in a run-off with 482 votes.
Oyetola’s early years, Education and Career
Oyetola was born in Iragbiji in Boripe LGA of Osun State on 29 September 1954. He went to Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary education which he completed in 1972.
He was a graduate of University of Lagos and had a B.Sc (Hons) Insurance in 1978 and MBA in Finance in 1990. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and Nigeria and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.
He started his Insurance Career with Leadway Assurance Company after his NYSC in Maiduguri in 1980 as an Assistant Manager and rose to the position of Area Manager, Control Office, Lagos. He worked at Crusader Insurance as Underwriting Manager, Corporate Alliance Insurance as Controller Technical before he left to set up Silvertrust Insurance Brokers in 1990.
He was on the Board of many companies. He was the Executive Vice Chairman of Paragon Group of Companies with interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Stock Broking etc. until his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun.
He is happily married and has children.