Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)




AMBASSADOR (DR.) RUFUS OLORUNTOYIN AKEJU is a Lagosian from Lagos Island. He was born on 25th May, 1947, married and blessed with children.  He bagged his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkley, California USA in March 1973.  He obtained his Masters of Arts in International Affairs at the Ohio University Athens, Ohio USA in June 1974. From there, he earns his PHD in Political Science with specialization in International Law/Relations, Public Administration and Policy Analysis, Comparative Politics and Development Economy from Howard University, Washington DC, USA in May, 1977.

He obtained a Certificate in the United Nations and its Agencies in 1977. He also bagged a Certificate of Proficiency in French Language in 1963 and a Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish Lange in 1997. He attended an Executive Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at Kennesaw State University Center for Conflict Management, Atlanta, Georgia, USA in August, 2014.

He started his career at the Tennessee State University Nashville TN; USA as an Assistant Professor from 1977 to 1980 where he taught International Relations, Public Administration, American Government and Politics and Development Economics. Furthermore, he taught International Law/Organizations, Comparative Politics and Government, and Public Administration at University of Sokoto now Usman Dan Fodio University as Lecturer I from 1980 to 1984. Later, he transferred his services from University of Sokoto to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, in 1984.

At the Ministry, he worked as a Counselor in International Organizations Directorate, between 1984 and 1986. He worked as a Senior Counsel at the Embassy of Nigeria, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1986 to 1990. From Senior Counselor, he rose to the rank of an Assistant Director (Minister Counselor) in the Inter-African Affairs Department of the Ministry.

Amb. (Dr.) Akeju equally worked as Deputy Director both in Nigeria and abroad from 1994 to July 2003 and from July 2003 to March he worked as a Director both in Nigeria and abroad.  He retired from the Civil Service in December 2007 as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Havana, Cuba with concurrent accreditation to the Bahamas, Nicaragua and Honduras. He represented Nigeria in various International fora which included The United Nations, O.A.U and Non-aligned countries Conferences. He still follows development at the United Nations.

Amb. (Dr.) R.O. Akeju published many articles in several International and Professional Journals and co-authored two book.  He speaks Yoruba and English fluently and he is proficient in French and Spanish languages. He loves reading, watching movies, swimming, table tennis and dancing.  Ambassador (Dr.) R.O. Akeju was appointed as Resident Electoral Commissioner and assumed duty in Osun State on 22nd July, 2010.

He later served in Oyo State where he concluded his first term of office in June, 2016.  Because of his records of accomplishment of sterling performance, he was re-appointed and deployed to Ondo State where he assumed duty as the REC on 25th January, 2018.