Full Name: Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola
Date of Birth: 29 September 1954.
Marriage status: Married.
Spouse(s): Kafayat Oyetola
Alma mater: University of Lagos.
Occupation: Insurance Broker, Politician.
Position(S): Served as the Osun State Governor from 27 November 2018 – 27 November 2022.
Political party: All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gboyega Oyetola is a Nigerian politician who served as Governor of Osun State from 2018 to 2022. He was born on August 5, 1955, in Iragbiji, Osun State. Oyetola began his career as an insurance executive, and later served as the Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperative in Osun State from 2011 to 2014.
In 2018, Oyetola was selected as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Osun State gubernatorial election. He went on to win the election and was sworn in as the governor of Osun State on November 27, 2018.
Gboyega Oyetola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance from the University of Lagos and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution. He also holds a diploma in Management from the prestigious Lagos Business School.
Throughout his career, Oyetola has demonstrated a commitment to continued learning and professional development, and has attended several courses and training programs in various areas of management, leadership, and governance.
In 1980, Oyetola joined Leadway assurance company Limited as an area manager and worked there till 1987 when he moved on to join Crusader Insurance Company Limited as Underwriting Manager between 1987 and 1990. In 1990, he joined Alliance and General Insurance as Technical Controller and served in that capacity until 1991 when he left the organisation to start his own company, Silvertrust Insurance Brokers Limited. He was Managing Director since its founding until 2011 when he was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Oyetola 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).
Oyetola was a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and has been in the party through its metamorphosis to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress (APC). In July 2018, he contested with Osun state House of Representatives deputy speaker Yusuf Lasun and Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Najeem Folasayomi Salaam, Dr Samuel Ibiyemi; Publisher Nigerian News Direct Newspapers, Adelere Oriolowo, Moshood Adeoti amongst others for the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidacy of the 22 September 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state and won. He was sworn in to office on 27 November 2018. On 22 March 2019, the Election tribunal sitting in Abuja declared that the All Progressive Congress and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, were not validly returned.
Pandora Papers revelations
As a result of the Pandora Papers leaks, the Premium Times reported on Oyetola’s undisclosed acquisition of a London mansion from an international fugitive wanted for money laundering, Kola Aluko. The report revealed that an Oyetola-formed offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands, a known tax haven, had bought the house from another British Virgin Islands-based offshore company that was formed by Aluko right before Nigerian authorities were attempting to freeze Aluko’s assets. The selling price, £9 million, was much lower than the £17 million that the house was judged to be worth by the Premium Times. Notably, this house is the residence of Bola Tinubu as he is in London for medical treatment.
Gboyega Oyetola is married to Kafayat Oyetola with four children. He is known for his commitment to public service, and is highly regarded for his integrity, honesty, and dedication to the people of Osun State.