Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi (8 May 1944 – 17 March 2023) was a Nigerian politician and barrister. From 2018 to 2022, he was the deputy governor of Ekiti State.
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi Career
Bisi Egbeyemi was President of the Law Students Association at the University of Ife in the 1978-1979 session. He was appointed Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Ekiti State (2002-2003) and President of the Physical Education Students Association at the University of Lagos College of Education in Akoka Lagos (1974-1975). Between 2010 and 2014, he was the Director of Owena Motels in Ondo State and the Director of Odua Investment Company Limited.
He ran alongside Governor Kayode Fayemi in the 2017 Ekiti Governor election under the All Progressive Congress, and they won. Kayode Fayemi’s decision to name him as his Deputy was met with criticism, with many believing he lobbied for it. He, however, stated that his party chose him because they believe that if His name is mentioned in Ado Ekiti and in Ekiti as a whole, people will support Him.
On July 17, 2020, he debunked an impeachment rumour after a news outlet reported that the Governor was planning to impeach him. He described the rumour as “tissues of lies” and “wicked falsehood” against innocent people.
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi Death
At the age of 79, Egbeyemi died in the early hours of Saturday morning (18th March 2023)at a popular Multisystem Hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Egbeyemi was born on May 8, 1944, in Ado-Ekiti.
Before entering politics, he worked as a barrister.
Between 1992 and 1993, he was Chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government Area, and from 2018 to 2022, he was Deputy to Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The cause of his death was unknown at the time of this report, but a close ally who worked with him as one of his principal officers revealed that he died in a private hospital.
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi – Working Experience
Laboratory Assistant at Ekiti Parapo College Ido-Ekiti (1965-1968).
Account Clerk at Notre Dame College, Usi- Ekiti (1969-1970).
Bursar at Notre Dame College, Usi-Ekiti (1970-1972).
Biology Teacher at St Mary’s Girl Secondary School, Ikole-Ekiti (June to Sept . 1975).
Physical Education Tutor and Pioneer Physical Education Master at Divisional Teachers Training College, Oye-Ekiti (1975 October to August 1977).
Director, Owena Motels, Ondo State.
Director, Odua Investment Company Limited (2010-2014).
Legal Practitioner from 1981 till date.
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi – Political Experience
Unity Party of Nigeria: Youth Leader in Ekiti 1978-1983.
Honourable Member, Ondo State House of Assembly (1983).
Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti Local Government (1991-1993).
Leader, UNCP Ado-Ekiti Local Government (1996-1997)
Founding Member of Alliance for Democracy (AD).Won election as Member of the Federal House of Representatives in 1998 (which was cancelled by the General Abacha regime)
Commissioner for Education, Ekiti State (1999-2002).
Member, Governing Council of National Teachers Institute, Kaduna (2001-2002).
Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Ekiti State (2002-2003).
Foundation Member and Leader of Action Congress, Ado Local Government (2008-2010).
i. Teaching Physical Education
ii. Physical Education Tests
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi – Awards
Merit Award of Law Society, University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) 1979.
Best Chairman of all Local Governments in Ondo State (1992).
Fellow of Nigerian Youth Organisation.
Award winner of Knight of Equity, Faculty of Law, University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University)(1979).
Award as the Best Commissioner in Ekiti State (2000).
Award of Omoluabi Ekiti State (2000).
Merit Award of the Federation of Ekiti Students Union (2002).
Chieftaincy titles in 14 towns across Ekiti & Ondo States.
Traditional title of Otunba of Ado Ekiti.
Justice of Peace by Ekiti State Government (2002); amongst others
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi Governor of Ekiti State’s Deputy
Kayode Fayemi chose Bisi Egbeyemi as his running mate for the APC governorship election in Ekiti State in 2018. Kayode Fayemi and Bisi Egbeyemi were declared the winners of the Ekiti State Governorship election on July 15, 2018.
They received 197,459 votes to defeat the PDP, which received 178,121 votes. On October 16, 2018, he was sworn in as the constable of Ekiti State in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.