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20 Fresh OYO State Politicians To Watch In 2023

20 Fresh OYO State Politicians To Watch In 2023

•Plus The Posts They Are Likely To Contest For

The political circle of Oyo State is getting interesting by the day, especially now that another general election is fast approaching. For any politician that worth his or her salt, the game to 2023 has already started. And all things being equal, the 2023 general election, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will hold on the 18th February, 2023.

Time table for the elections will be unveiled immediately after Anambra gubernatorial election which takes place in November 6th this year, according to INEC. Hence, the political gladiators across the country are getting ready, aligning and realigning themselves.

In Oyo State however, there are some fresh names you may not have heard much about that are most likely to be actively involved in the coming 2023 elections. They are young, vibrant and intelligent men who have been, somehow, operating at the background in the Oyo political settings. Or may have held minor public offices. But they are young men who have positively, in one way or the other, affected their immediate environment and their people whether through their various foundations or active services.

In this special report, City People’s Correspondent, DARE ADENIRAN presents to you list of fresh politicians to watch out for in 2023. Some of these men are really going to be game changers as far as 2023 election is concerned in the pacesetter state. Read on.

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Open Salawu, as he is popularly known, is the MD/CEO, Opinior Engineering Limited. He is into property business. He has an estate called, Open Estate in Abuja and several others in Ogbomosho where he hails from. Salawu is quite popular in business, social and political circles in Oyo State. He is well loved and respected. He has a foundation through which he has affected several lives positively. He gives out scholarships to his people on a yearly basis. That has been part and parcel of him long before he ventured into politics. He belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC). In fact, he wanted to contest the Ogbomosho North/South/Orire Federal Constituency in 2019 but decided to step down for the interest of the party. Though he has not made any official announcement on his next move political but those close to him are of strong opinion that he may contest the House of Representatives post of his constituency come 2023. He remains a candidate to beat anyday, anytime.


The name Akinwole Akinwale may not ring a bell but at mentioning ‘Wolekanle’, people already know who you are talking about and what he represents. He is a serial entrepreneur, a socialite per excellence and a great philanthropist. For Akinwole, there is nothing too much to give when it comes to helping others. This and the fact that he relates with people so very well, with high level of simplicity, have been really working for him in his private life and politics. He is the CEO, Black Edge Limited, a company with interest in construction, purchasing and supply. Being a son of a popular lawyer, Barr. Akinwale is also a plus for him. He is from the popular ‘Osupa’ community in Ogbomosho North Local Government Area of Oyo State. We heard he may be contesting Ogbomosho North/South/Orire Federal Constituency in 2023. Wolekanle is a member of PDP.


Though Bisoye Fagade may not be that popular within the political circle, but he needs little or no introduction in Nigeria’s Marketing Communications sector. He is the founder and Managing Director of Sodium Brand Solutions. His connection cuts across business, social, political and entertainment circles. He believes so much in capacity building. He doesn’t only give fish, he teaches people how to fish. Through his OSMD (Oyo Si Ma Dun) Foundation, many souls have been lifted and several business start-ups equipped psychologically with consistent trainings and seminars. Fagade is a strong advocate of content as an alternative to oil in Nigeria. People believe his brain is a great asset for Oyo State if given the chance. Fagade has never hidden his readiness to serve but his eyes are fixed at the number one seat of the state. Will he gives the governorship race a shot come 2023? Time will tell. Abisoye Fagade is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo State. He is an Ibadan Indigene.


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He is from Ogbomosho. A son of Ex-Commissioner of Police and an America-based businessman. He is said to have already engaged in a wide consultation on his political moves. He is very popular too. Femi Onireti, we scooped, may likely contest for the House of Representatives seat of his constituency in 2023.


He is a journalist and branding expert. He is from Ibadan North Local Government Area of the State. He is said to a philanthropist too. Through his Foundation, he has been giving tremendous support to the people of his immediate environment. Over 500 people recently benefited from his free eye test and surgery. Feelers have it that Jide Adeyemi is ready to contest the Ibadan North Federal Constituency seat come 2023. The position is currently occupied by Hon. Akinremi Jagaban of APC.


He is a popular and influential lawyer from Saki. A prominent and well connected indigene of the town. He used to be a close ally of Senator Abdulfatai Buhari but we heard he has since pitched his tent with the PDP. In fact, he was said to have made attempt to contest in the last local government election. He is close to Chief Michael Koleosho and many other leaders from that zone. He is definitely one of the young politicians to watch out for in that zone come 2023.

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