On this day in 1960, a Nigerian politician and the incumbent Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose was born in Omu, Ekiti State, South-East Nigeria.
Fayose grew up in Oyo State where he attended Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo.
In 1985, Fayose was admitted for a Higher National Diploma programme in Biological Sciences in the Polytechnic, Ibadan and graduated in 1987.
After his youth service, Fayose traveled out of the country during which he was exposed to a broad spectrum of business that guided his life later.
Fayose became the second governor of Ekiti on 29 May 2003 after defeating the then incumbent Governor Niyi Adebayo in the governorship elections.
Fayose could not complete his tenure as a result of an impeachment on 16 October 2006.
During the 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose was again the PDP nominee.
He won the election and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the new Governor of Ekiti State; he was inaugurated on 16 Oct 2014.
Fayose is now the only Nigerian to defeat an incumbent two times.
Though he is a sitting governor, Fayose is the only person from the major opposition party in Nigeria to have publicly declared his intentions to run for president in 2019.
Though his party, the PDP, has admonished the Governor, against his ambition to be the party’s presidential candidate.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has made a long list of allegations on financial misappropriations against Fayose and he may be investigated after his term as governor.
Peter Ayodele Fayose turns 57 today.