IBRAHIM BABAJIDE OBANIKORO, popularly called IBO, was born of a noble birth to the family of Senator Musiliu Olatunde and Alhaja Morufat Obanikoro of Isale-Eko a part of Lagos State in the early eighties.
As a student in the USA, IBO acquired a wealth of experience in criminal justice administration. He did an internship at the CourtHouse in St Cloud University, Minnesota, USA. He also interned as Assistant Liaison Officer at the Brooklyn Borough Districts under Commissioner Turner. He had a stint at Pace University, New York as a Graduate Assistant.
After the outstanding completion of his education in the USA, and with the love of his country at heart, IBO returned to Nigeria to serve his fatherland. He did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with Zenith Bank PLC. And for his meritorious service with the bank, he was retained, and he rose to the position of Executive Assistant.
He progressed in career and joined the services of MOB Integrated Services Nigeria Limited to become the Executive Director. His passion for agriculture and business drove him to establish Ejide Farms and Ilori Farm House— the farms that have become notable for the mass production of tilapia fish, cows and rams.
His foray into politics started in school in 2003, when he was elected treasurer of the African Students Association of St Cloud University, Minnesota, USA. From there, he rose to become the president of the association.
IBO has attended various seminars and trainings on governance and leadership in and out of Nigeria to further enhance his knowledge in politics and economy for the benefit of his constituency and Nigeria as a whole.
In a bid to align with the progressive train of the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run” Bill, the youthful and feisty IBO officially joined the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February, 2018, and expressed an interest in the party’s ticket for the House of Representatives seat of his constituency. He contested in the party’s primary and won by a wide margin. His victory lends credence to his simplicity, humility, and generosity. IBO is a trailblazer, an achiever, a youth leader and convener of 67Million Youth Initiative, a grassroots mobiliser, a stickler for excellence, and a visionary representative with a mission to serve the people of Eti-Osa Federal Constituency as their representative in the Green House Chamber under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Today, IBO is a brand that people are proud of and has become a political force to be reckoned with in Eti-Osa.
His name resonates with the people as a result of his dogged political campaigns and grassroots mobilization strategy. In March, 2019, he won the House of Representatives’ seat in a keenly contested general elections.