By Amuda Emmanuel
<b> EKITI 2018: IT IS IKERE'S TIME</b>
Ikere Ekiti is one of the largest towns in Ekiti State and it is also the gateway to the state.
Ekiti is situated between two state capitals. The two state capitals
are Akure in Ondo State and Ado – Ekiti in Ekiti State respectively.
Ekiti is renowned and has a major landmark in the Southern Senatorial
District of Ekiti State. It is a fact that, it is well-known by everyone
that this aforementioned zone has failed to produce any indigene to
occupy the office of the Governor since its creation in the year 1996.

State comprises sixteen(16) local government areas; Ekiti North and
Central Senatorial Districts share ten(10) out of these local government
areas while the South Senatorial District comprises only six(6) local
governments thus making the largest of the whole pack. It is quite
unfortunate that despite the largeness and voting strength of the South
Senatorial District, no Ekiti South(lkere) person has become Ekiti
governor since its creation as a state.

However, all political
parties are agitating and seeking for the way through which the next
state governor will emerge from the south and It is not new to all, that
the two zones (Ekiti Central and North) has been controlling the power
and affairs of the state for the past 18 years now.. The name of the
past governors and their zones include:
Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti Central, 1999-2003);
Mr Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti Central,2003 -2006);
Engr Segun Oni (Ekiti North, 2007-2010);
Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti North, 2010-2014);
Mr Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti Central,2014 till date).

Mr Ayodele Fayose being the current governor, we believe that there is
no better time for Ekiti South Senatorial District to display its
capability and prowess in matters of political governance in the state
aside now. It is worthy of note that zoning of the presidential office
and that of the governor is not found in any part of Nigerian
constitution. We can’t eliminate the fact that some political parties in
Nigeria evidently state this to ensure equity in the distribution of
I refer to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) constitution,
Article 7 subsection 2(c) which states that, in pursuance of the
principle of Equity, Justice and Fairness, the party shall adhere to the
policy of ” Rotation” and “Zoning” of party and public offices and it
shall be enforced by the appropriate executive committee at all
levels(PDP constitution, 1999 amended).

In view of this, Ikere
being a part of South Senatorial District of the state joins the race of
those agitating for the office of the governor. Some of the Ikere
indigenes who are fit to occupy the seat of the state’s governor are: Dr
kolapo Olusola, the present Deputy Governor of the state; two former
Deputy Governors of the state, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko and Chief Adebisi
Omoyeni; Former Ikere local government Chairman, Otunba Bisi Aloba;
Former Commissioners of the state, Chief Sesan Fatoba and Honourable
Funminyi Afuye; the son of the former governor of Old Ondo state, Mr
Muyiwa Olumilua; the managing partner of consulting options limited, Mr.
Kola Alabi and Austria based medical practitioner, Dr Oluwole Oluyede.

contestants are well educated, intelligent, prudent and frequently
versed in Ekiti dialect. Below are the profiles of the contestants
was born in ikere Ekiti to the family of Elder and Deaconess Olusola
Ojo Eleka, Eleka’s compound in Ikere-Ekiti. He started his educational
pursuit at St. Mathew’s Primary School, Ikere-Ekiti between 1972 to 1978
and had his secondary school education at Annunciation School,
Ikere-Ekiti between 1978 to 1983 where he recorded outstanding
performances as an award and prize winning best student throughout his
sojourn in the schools. The same feat was achieved in his first degree
five-year University Education at Obafemi Awolowo University between
1984 to 1989. He obtained an M.Sc. degree in Construction Technology
from Department of Building, University of Lagos in 1993 and a PhD in
Building Structures from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2005.
he was nominated and elected as deputy governor of Ekiti State in 2014,
Dr. Kolapo Olusola was an accomplished lecturer in the Department of
Building, Obafemi Awolowo University, for the past twenty-three (23)
years. At the postgraduate level, he has successfully supervised two
PhD, two M.Phil and nine M.Sc. students all in the field of Building
Structures within the past nine years after obtaining his PhD degree. He
has severally served as External examiner in many Universities within
the country. His research interests are mainly in the field of
Alternative Building Materials Development for Housing Construction,
Construction Technology and Structural Mechanics.
Professionally, Dr.
Kolapo Olusola- Eleka is an accomplished Registered Builder who had
previously held very important positions at state and National levels
State N.I.O.B. – Nigerian Institute of Building – Chairman 2006-2009;
At National level – Registrar of N.I.O.B., 2007-2009, Research Secretary
2009 – 2011 and Member, National Council of NIOB, 2006 – 2011;
Examiner, NIOB 1998-2002; 2006 – 2011).
Dr. Kolapo Olusola is an
ordained Pastor in Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide and he is happily
married to Mrs.Janet Olusola and blessed with children.
was born in Ikere Ekiti on Christmas day, 25th December 1948. He
started his education at St John’s Primary school, Are, Ikere Ekiti and
had his secondary school education at Annunciation Secondary School,
Ikere Ekiti between 1966 to 1970 and he made grade 1. He proceeded to
the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife) between
1972 to 1976 where he studied Geology and Applied Geophysics and he made
Second Class Upper Division. He proceeded to the Federal School of
Surveying, Oyo in 1978 and graduated with First Class/Distinction in
1980 and obtained Post Graduate/Professional Diploma in Surveying and
Mapping. He studied Computer Science at Workman Computer College,
affiliated with Ekiti State University and obtained Post Graduate
Diploma (PGD) in Computer Applications Specializing in Auto CAD in 1992.
He also attended University of Ado – Ekiti (now Ekiti State University)
for a Master degree in Environmental Management between 2003 to 2005
and Workshop on Public Policy Formulation at University of Ibadan in
2005. He also attended RECTAS at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in
2004 for Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Geographic Information
System (GIS). He served NYSC at Industrial Development Center, Owerri,
Imo State between 1976 to 1977. He qualified as a professional Surveyor
and became a Licensed Surveyor in 1983 at one sitting (the first to
achieve this feat). He returned to Ondo State Housing Corporation in
Akure and promoted to become the head of department of surveying in
Housing Corporation,Akure. He registered by SURCON to practice surveying
and mapping throughout Nigeria in 1983, registered by the Royal
Institute of Chartered Surveyor, London (RICS) in 1984, registered by
the UNDP in 1988 as a Project Development Consultant (PDC) in
Engineering and Environmental Studies.
Abiodun Aluko popularly
known as” Olu-Omo” of Ikere land joined the struggle for the creation of
Ekiti State in 1987 under the chairmanship of Chief Deji Fasuan. He
joined politics formally in 1988 and elected as the State Treasurer of
the Peoples Front of Nigeria (PFN) under the national leadership of
General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua in 1990. He Contested as the Chairmanship
candidate of National Republic Convention (NRC) of Ikere Local
Government in 1990 and lose to Chief Dayo Okondo under the Social
Democratic Party (SDP). He was elected as the Ikere Local Government
Chairman of National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1993. He was elected
as the Ikere Local Government Chairman of United Nigeria Peoples
Congress (UNPC), a political party during the Abacha regime in 1996. He
was elected in 1999 as an Ex-Officio member of the state executive of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was nominated as the running mate
to the PDP gubernatorial candidate of Mr Ayodele Fayose in 2003 and was
elected as the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State in 2003 and he was
illegally impeached as the Deputy Governor on 27th September, 2005 by
the Ekiti State House of Assembly due to political differences with the
Governor, and the impeachment was reversed and annulled by the same
state House of Assembly in April 2007. He was appointed as member of
governing council at Bayero University, Kano in 2009 and re-appointed as
a member governing Council at Bayero University, Kano in 2012. He
contested the Ekiti State governorship seat in 2014 under the platform
of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He married to Pastor (Mrs)
Beatrice Aduke Aluko and blessed with wonderful children.

was born in Ikere Ekiti to the family of Late Gabriel Omoyeni and Mrs
Bosede Omoyeni at oisa Ayelegun compound, Odo Oja, Ikere Ekiti on 16th
January,1958. He started his education pursuit at Holy Trinity Primary
School, Odo Oja, Ikere Ekiti between 1964 and 1969,then St Benedict
Modern School,Ikere Ekiti between 1970 and 1971 and had his secondary
school education at Amoye Grammar School,Ikere Ekiti between 1971 and
1975. He went to the St.John Mary’s TeachersTraining College, Owo in
Ondo State between 1976 and 1977.
He proceeded to University of
Ife in 1979 (now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Demography but
after a session he crossed into the University of Lagos,Akoka, Lagos
State where he graduated in Insurance with First Class Honour and he was
awarded Federal Government Merit/Scholarship as the best student in
Insurance and Actuarial Sciences Department in 1981. Chief Bisi
also had two additional postgraduate degrees. He went to the University
of Lagos to obtain Masters in Banking and Finance (MBF) and
International Law and Relation in 1991 and 1993 respectively.
Omoyeni has continued to excel in all his endeavors. He had his first
work experience in life as a tangible teacher at both St. Michael
primary school, Ise–Ekiti and L.A primary school, Ilawe-Ekiti.
As a
youth corps member with the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation(NNPC) Lagos, he demonstrated remarkably as an astute
Administrator and professional.
However, he lectured at the
Polytechnic Ibadan, immediately after the National Service for a brief
period before his foray into the private sector, where he made his mark
as a banker of repute.
A distinguished banker, Bisi Omoyeni cut his
professional teeth with Hogg Robinson Nigeria Ltd, Lagos where he
started as a broker. he moved to Continental Loss Adjusters, Lagos
where, he was the manager and later joined the service of Wema Bank in
1987 as Assistance Manager II, Assistant Manager I between1988 to1989,
Manager II between1989 to1991, Manager I between April 1,1991 to March
31,1991, Senior Manager II between1992 to1993, Senior Manager I
between1993 to1994 ,Principal Manager II between1994 to1996, Principal
manager between 1996 to1997 ,Assistant General Manager between1997
to1998, General Manager (Admin) between1998 to1999, Executive Director
(Resource Management Service) between 1999 to 2002, Executive Director
(Investing and International Banking) between 2002 to 2003, Executive
Director (Investment Banking and Public Sector) between 2003 to 2004,
Executive Director (Retail Banking) between 2004 to 2005,With a leave of
absence, he was nominated as the Ekiti State Deputy Governor between
October 4,2005 to December 6, 2005, Managing Director (Chief Executive
Officer) between 2005 to 2008. He contested 2014 governorship seat in
Ekiti State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. He is
happily married and the marriage is blessed with God.

was born in Ikere Ekiti on the 15th August 1960. He started his
elementary school at L.A Primary School, Ikere between 1968 to 1974 and
had his secondary school education at Amoye Grammar School,Ikere Ekiti
between 1974 to 1979. Then, he moved to Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure
in Ondo State between 1974 to 1979. He proceeded to the University of
Ilorin, Kwara State between 1980 to 1985 where he graduated in
Electrical Engineering. He had his NYSC at Delta Steel in Warri, Delta
State as instrument Engineer between 1985 to 1986. He joined NAFCON
Onne, PortHarcourt as Instrumental Electrical Engineer between 1986 to
1988. He later moved to Ozone Nigeria Ltd between 1988 to 1991. He was
Chairman of Abas Engineering Works between 1991 to 1993 and Chairman of
Spring Aluminium Nigeria Ltd between from 2008 till date. He joined
politics by contesting the Chairmanship position for Ikere Local
Government under the CNC platform. He won and served his people between
1997 to 1998. He was later appointed as the chairman of Governing
Council of the Federal College of Education(Technical) Bichi, Kano State
between 2005 to 2007.He is happily married with good Children.

was born on the 23rd of November 1970 in Lagos to Chief S.S Alabi(The
Eminiwa of Afao) Ikere Ekiti and Mrs Bosede Florence Alabi (Nee Adu
Adebayo of Odo Oja Ikere Ekiti). He started his primary school education
in Omoleye Children School, Ikorodu, Lagos State and secondary school
at Federal Government College, Idoani in Ondo State. He went to the
Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State before relocating to USA and
completing his University education at the University of Maryland where
he studied Information System Management. Kola Alabi had Masters in
International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Prestigious University of
Buckingham,USA. Kola Alabi currently serves on the board of many
companies and he is currently the Managing Partner at Alok Consulting
Options Ltd. He is happily married with good Children.

was born in Ikere Ekiti and had his Primary and Secondary schools in
Ikere and Akure respectively. He attended University of Ife now Obafemi
Awolowo Universiity Ile Ife between 1970 to 1974 where he bagged
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He proceeded for Post graduate Diploma
in Public Administration (PGDPA) between 1984 to 1985. He proceeded to
Strathclychde University, Glasgow, Scotland in 1987 to study Certificate
in Financial Planning and also studied to have L.L.B (Hons) from the
University of Ado Ekiti in 2002 and Nigerian Law School in 2004. His
carrier spanned between 1974 to 1995: Ministry of Finance and Budget
between 1992 to 1993, Director General (Permanent Secretary) Office
Establishment and Trainning 1994, Director General (Permanent Secretary)
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives in 1995. He was
appointed as Ekiti State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry between
1999 to 2003 and also, was appointed into Ekiti State Civil Service
Commission between 2011 and 2014. He is happily married with good

was born on 23rd January,1969 to the family of Evangelist Bamidele
Isola Olumilua, the former governor of Old Ondo State and Mrs Theresa
Gbesi Olumilua in Ikoyi, Lagos State. He started his primary education
at St Charles Hultz School,Ottawa, Canada then proceeded to United
Nations International School, Manhattan, New York. After a stint at Our
Lady of Apostles School, Herbert Macaulay,Yaba, Lagos State, he finished
his primary school education at Omolere Nursery and Primary
School,Akure, Ondo State. He had his Secondary Education in the Federal
Government College Idoani, Ondo State and Mary Immaculate Grammar
School, Ado Ekiti. He proceeded to the University of Lagos for Tertiary
Education.He obtained Bachelor of Science(Hons) in Estate Management in
1990. He proceeded to Ondo State University Ado Ekiti (now Ekiti State
University) to get Master degree in Business Administration Specialising
in Finance in 1998. He had his NYSC at Sokoto State with Adegboye and
Partners, Estate Surveyors and Valuers. He later joined Alonge
Ogunmoyero and Co in Awolowo way, Ikeja in Lagos State as an Estate
Surveyor. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Keshlink
Investment Ltd, Vice Chairman, Friends and Partners Ltd and Principal
Partner at Muyiwa Olumilua and Associate, a firm of Estate Surveyors,
Facility Managers and Auctioneers. He is currently the
President,Certified Institute of Auctioneers, Nigeria (Abuja Chapter).
He was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Ekiti
State on project monitoring between 2010 to 2012 and Senior Assistant to
the governor of Ekiti State on Inter governmental relations between
2012 to 2014. He was appointed as an UNESCO Ambassador in 2016. He is
happily married with children.
was born on 11th July, 1956. He began his elementary education at St
John’s Primary School, Araromi, Ikere Ekiti between 1962 to 1967 and LA
Primary School Afao, Ikere Ekiti in the year 1968. He proceeded to
Annunciation School, Ikere Ekiti for his secondary education between
1969 to 1973. Then, to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University) between 1976 to 1980 where be bagged a degree in Political
Science. He proceeded to University of Lagos for his Masters of Science
in International relations between 1981 to 1982. He later went back to
University of Lagos where he graduated with a degree in Law between 1988
to 1994 and went to the Nigeria Law School between 1994 to 1995. On Job
history, he worked as a Clerk in the Federal Office of Statistics
Ibadan between 1974 to 1976 and Ondo State Ministry of Finance and
Economic development in 1976. He had his NYSC between 1980 to 1981. He
served as a class teacher under Lagos State School Management Board
between 1981 to 1983. He worked with the Bank of Creecht and
Commerce(BCCT) which was later named African International Bank (AIB)
between 1983 to 1990. He moved to Equitorial trust Bank (ETB) as
Operation Manager at Head Office Branch between 1990 to 1992. Senior
Manager at First African Trust Bank Ltd between 1992 to 1995. He founded
his Private legal firm named Funminyi Afuye and Co between 1995 till
He was elected as a member of Ekiti State House of Assembly
between 2007 to 2011 where he served as House leader and leader of
government business. He was appointed as Ekiti State Commissioner for
Information and Civic Orientation between 2011 to 2013 and Ekiti State
Commissioner for integration and intergovernment affairs between 2013 to
2014. He is happily married with children

was born in June 1964 to the family of the late Chief Folarin Joseph
Oluyede, a retired teacher and seasoned politician, and late Chief Mrs.
Grace Ayodele Oluyede (nee Gbadebo), also a teacher who retired as a
school headmistress in 1994.
Wole Oluyede started his primary
education at Emmanuel Primary School, Ado Ekiti in 1970, subsequently
gaining admission into Christ School, Ado Ekiti in 1974 for his
secondary education. He later attended the Federal School of Arts and
Science Ondo, Ondo State, for his A” Levels, where he studied for a year
before being admitted into the University of Ilorin in 1980 to study
Wole Oluyede started his Career from his medical training
in the University of Ilorin, Wole has risen in the past three decades to
become a consummate medical practitioner with far-reaching
international experience and sought after specializations in North
America, the Caribbean and Australia. Earlier, after graduating with a
MBBS degree from Ilorin in 1986, he had his Internship training at the
State Hospital Akure between 1986 and 1987, and proceeded on the
mandatory National Youth Service Corps at the Neuro Psychiatric Hospital
Yaba Lagos in 1988.
Subsequently, Wole did his residency training at
the Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta and had working stints at
the Comprehensive Health Centre, Emure-Ekiti, the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and a number of private hospitals in Akure and
Lagos. Cutting his teeth early as a medical professional and
entrepreneur, Dr. Oluyede opened the Bethany Clinic, at the age of 27,
at Agege Pen Cinema in Lagos; thereafter opening another clinic at Iju
Agege, before moving the practice to Abesan Estate in Ipaja, Lagos in
1994. He remained in private medical practice till he left for the
United States of America in 2001.
In the U.S, Wole went through a
residency program at Upstate University, Syracuse, New York State. Not
only did the Canadian Medical board certify Wole afterwards, he also
practiced Rural Emergency Medicine for about three years in the
Caribbean, before leaving for Australia in 2006, where he received
certification as a Fellow of the Australian Royal College of General
Practitioner. While the government of Prince Edward Island invited him
to work in Canada in 2008, he still maintained professional practice in
Australia, where he was regularly on work call, at least four times
every other year. He eventually left Canada for Australia in 2011, where
he now owns a practice. Beyond medical practice, Wole Oluyede has also
made remarkable entrepreneurial success as a businessman with
significant interests in the hotel/hospitality and mining sectors in
Australia, Nigeria and South Africa. He is happily married with good

The profiles of these candidates attest to their
capability of occupying the governorship office. On behalf of Ikere, I
write this expressing, the heart- cry of the entire Ikere community on
this matter.

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