With the election of Mr Biodun Oyebanji as the governor elect, history is made in the annals of politics and governance in the state as an incumbent governor successfully produced a successor from the same party.
It is also the first time a party will bag a back-to-back victory in gubernatorial contests in the state.
Mr Oyebanji, the winner of the governorship election under the flagship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and had previously served in the first tenure of Mr Fayemi, from 2010 to 2014, serving as commissioner to different ministries on different occasions.
At the return of Mr Fayemi to the governorship seat in 2018, he was appointed the SSG, a position he held until he resigned in December 2021 to vie for the governorship ticket of the APC.
He is described as a proper ‘home boy’ by local analysts who say he has a deep understanding of the issues of governance and development as they relate to Ekiti having been in the state for the best part of his public life serving in one government or the other.
Born on December 21, 1967, after his secondary school education, Mr Oyebanji, who hails from Ikogosi Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area, proceeded to the then Ondo State University, now Ekiti State University, where he bagged a BSc in Political Science in 1989.
He also bagged Masters in Political Science from the University of Ibadan in 1992. He was a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Ekiti State University from 1994 to 1997 before branching out into private practice and farming. The governor elect is married and blessed with children.