6 The Oyetola you don’t know

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One unique thing about Gboyega Oyetola is that he had never con­tested for elec­tion un­til now, de­spite his long, sto­ried his­tory with pol­i­tics. An­other thing is that he is re­port­edly the brain be­hind the Aregbesola ad­min­is­tra­tion, do­ing the care­ful tech­no­cratic jobs from be­hind the scenes.

Most im­por­tantly, the se­cret be­hind Oyetola is the Na­tional Leader of APC, Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu, who is his cousin. It was gath­ered that Tin­ubu’s mother and Oyetola’s are of the same fa­ther.

Also, Oyetola, like Aregbesola, is one of the trusted Asi­waju men; he is re­port­edly quiet and unas­sum­ing, hence the re­solve of the Asi­waju to see to the vic­tory of his cousin by tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cat­ing to Osogbo, where he worked day and night till the late hours of Thurs­day when the fi­nal re­sult was de­clared.

Not­with­stand­ing the con­tro­ver­sial out­come of the elec­tion, Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to the out-go­ing gov­er­nor for eight years, has be­come a man of his­tory, re­tain­ing the seat of power in the Sun­shine State, a ter­rain he is to­tally fa­mil­iar with, go­ing by the strate­gic of­fice he oc­cu­pied.

For eight years, Oyetola worked with the out-go­ing gov­er­nor and he is part and par­cel of the gov­ern­ment in Osun un­til his res­ig­na­tion re­cently to en­able him pur­sue his am­bi­tion. His de­feat would have been ex­cru­ci­at­ing for the rul­ing APC which be­lieved Oyetola’s vic­tory was fait ac­com­pli with him build­ing on the lega­cies of the out­go­ing gov­er­nor.

“As Chief of Staff, he ac­quit­ted him­self so per­fectly well with gov­er­nance and its in­tri­ca­cies that he was prac­ti­cally into every­thing in the gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially dur­ing Aregbesola’s sec­ond term in of­fice,” said a gov­ern­ment in­sider.

He was born on Septem­ber 29, 1954, in Irag­biji, Boripe lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of the state. He bagged a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in In­sur­ance in 1978 and a Mas­ter’s of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) in Fi­nance in 1990, both from the Univer­sity of La­gos.

Oyetola was in Po­tiskum in present day Yobe State for his Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) pro­gramme in 1980. His CV shows that he started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer as an In­sur­ance Bro­ker with Lead­way As­sur­ance Com­pany. Al­though he started as an As­sis­tant Man­ager, he quickly rose to be­come Area Man­ager, Con­trol Of­fice, La­gos. He was also at Cru­sader In­sur­ance as Un­der­writ­ing Man­ager and Cor­po­rate Al­liance In­sur­ance as Con­troller Tech­ni­cal.

Oyetola re­port­edly set up his own firm, Sil­vertrust In­sur­ance Bro­kers in 1990. He was also Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of Paragon Group of Com­pa­nies. He was ap­pointed Chief of Staff to Gov­er­nor Rauf Aregbesola in 2011. He was also a found­ing mem­ber of the Al­liance for Democ­racy (AD) in 1998.

Gboyega Oyetola, Gov­er­nor-elect Osun State

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