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Nigeria: 5 things to know about Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor

By ‘Tofe Ayeni

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Posted on January 17, 2022 11:24

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun/ Photo courtesy Twitter.

Born into the royal family of Iperu on 29 May 1960, Dapo Abiodun was elected governor of Ogun State on the ticket of the ruling All Progressive’s Congress in 2019 and is rarely out of the headlines.

Former managing director of Heyden Petroleum and Chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abiodun’s business ethics have come under scrutiny, with the Pandora Papers investigative journalism consortium identifying him as the beneficiary of an offshore bank account in the British Virgin Islands tax haven, a contravention of Nigeria’s code of conduct for elected office holders.

None of that has stopped Abiodun from voicing strong opinions about increasing judges’ salaries and initial support for the #EndSARS protests. He is set to run for a second term as governor next year. Here are five things you should know about him:

1. Tactics for success

A businessman turned politician, Governor Dapo Abiodun does not believe that state governments should raise more of their revenue internally and not rely so heavily on the Federal Government, prompting the The Cable to write: “Abiodun, being a

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