Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Office Dates: 29th May, 2011
Address: Government House, Abeokuta
Birth Date: 25th January, 1958
Birth State: Ogun State
Political Party: All Progressive Congress (APC)
Spouse: Mrs. Olufunso Amosun
State: Ogun State
Senator Ibikunle Amosun was born on Saturday, 25 January, 1958 to muslim parents in Abeokuta. He attended African Church Primary School, Abeokuta (1965 – 1970) and African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta (1971 – 1977). He has his tertiary education in Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), Abeokuta (1979 – 1983), graduating with an HND (Higher National Diploma) in Accounting. In the year 2000, he acquired a Masters of Art degree in International Finance from the University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
Senator Amosun, a Chartered Accountant, commenced his accounting career in 1984 as an Audit Trainee with Messrs J.A.A. Adeniyi & Co. (Chartered Accountants). He later joined Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants), where he rose to become a manager in 1989 in Lagos state. He also worked under XtraEdge Consulting as a senior consultant.
In 1990, he became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). In the same year, he established the highly successful Accounting Firm of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants) in which he was a principal partner. In 2003, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and the Institute of Taxation (FITN).
He was elected into the Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, in April, 2003, representing Ogun Central Senatorial District. While in the Senate between 2003 and 2007, he served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce; Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs; Member, Senate Committee on Appropriation; Member, Senate Committee on Privatization and Member, Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence.
Amosun was an unsuccessful candidate to become Governor of Ogun State in April 2007, running on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform, but was defeated by Gbenga Daniel. He disputed the result, but in August 2009 the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the petition. He was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), now All Progressive Congress (APC) for April 2011 Ogun State gubernatorial election, which he won. He was sworn-in on May 29, 2011. He is the fourth governor of Ogun state.
He has been recognized for his contributions to the development of Ogun state. Some of the awards he has received are “Investment Development Icon Award for 2013” by African Leadership magazine in New York (September 2013); “Best Security Conscious State Governor in West Africa” by Security Watch Africa, in Accra, Ghana (October 2012) and Good Governance Award: Governor of the Fastest Growing State Economy by Business day Newspaper in Lagos (November 2013).