He is a gentleman who hears no evil and sees no evil within the cabinet of Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko. But being a Muslim and coming from Ikare- Akoko province, Oluboyo fits the bill to replace Alhaji Ali Olanusi, who was impeached last week as Deputy Governor of the state, for daring to sing a different tune from that of Governor Mimiko, writes TEMITOPE ADEDEJI in Akure.
The Man Oluboyo
Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo was in his office last Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Ministry of Agriculture in Ondo State as the Commissioner when a call came through his mobile line around 10.25am asking him to immediately appear at the premises of the State House of Assembly.
He turned up as expected, but was surprised to hear those gathered at the assembly chamber addressing him as His Excellency. He managed to comport himself from the seeming embarrassment, until the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jumoke Akindele and the House members told him he would be screened for the position of Deputy Governor. Even when the screening had been conducted and he had scaled through, Oluboyo was still pleasantly surprised at the development. He was dump-founded throughout the exercise, even when he was speaking to journalists, he was short for words. Oluboyo, known to be a complete gentleman and an experienced politician, as it were came directly in contact with the mercy of God because many thought they would be picked, but as God said in Romans 9:15 to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy on, and compassion on whom I will have compassion on”. Within a short while his designation had changed. Alhaji Olugbenga Lasisi Oluboyo is now being addressed as deputy governor of Ondo State.
Fondly Called Prince
The man Oluboyo, the new deputy governor of Ondo, was born on March 3, 1963 in Ikare- Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East local government area of Ondo State.
Lasisi, as a little child, grew up under the care of his father, late Pa Jimoh Amodu Oluboyo, and his mother, late (Mrs.) Omoratu Jimoh, both of whom were full blooded Ikare-Akoko indigenes. He attended Okela Muslim Primary School, Ikare in 1969 and obtained his primary school- leaving certificate in the school in 1975. For his secondary education, Lasisi attended Agolo High School, Ikare-Akoko between December 1978 and July 1983.
Knowing the importance of education, Oluboyo got admitted into Delta State University, Abraka in 1999, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science B.Sc (Hons) in Public Administration in 2003. ‘Prince’ as he was fondly called by his friends, having spent most of his childhood days in Olukare’s Palace, started his working career as an Account Clerk with Jimmy Enterprises in 1975. In 1983, he joined Onimibi Motors as an Account Clerk until 1985 when he secured an appointment with Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund. He served in various capacities before he voluntarily retired from the federal government’s outfit in 2005. Shortly after he joined politics, he became a pioneer member of Turaki Atiku Movement (TAM) in Ondo State, which was then led by late Kayode Iwakun.
Before eventually joining Labour Party (LP) in Ondo State in December 2006, Oluboyo was in different political parties such as Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was the State Organizing Secretary of the Advance Congress of Democratic (ACD). Because of his doggedness and commitment to Labour Party in Ondo State, he was appointed as the Secretary, Governorship Campaign Committee, which was headed by late Hon. Oye Alademehin. Oluboyo was a member of 2007 Election Monitoring Committee for Akoko North East Local Government. He was later appointed as Honourable Commissioner for Natural Resources in 2011 and was re-appointed in 2013 and redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture, the position he held until he was appointed Deputy Governor last week. He loves football and has many awards to his credit.