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Tunde Ogbeha

Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha
Governor of Akwa Ibom State
In office
28 September 1987 – 30 July 1988
Succeeded by Godwin Abbe
Governor of Bendel State
In office
Dec 1987 – Aug 1990
Preceded by John Mark Inienger
Succeeded by John Ewerekumoh Yeri
Senator - Kogi West
In office
May 1999 – May 2007
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 66–67)
Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha is a retired general from Kogi State, Nigeria, who was administrator of Akwa Ibom State and then of Bendel State during the military rule of General Ibrahim Babangida (1985–1993). After the return to democracy in 1999 he was the elected senator for the Kogi West constituency of Kogi State from May 1999 to May 2007. He is an influential figure in Kogi State politics.

Birth and education

Tunde Ogbeha was born in Lokoja, Kogi State in 1947. After obtaining a West African School Certificate, he attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, where he obtained a Nigerian Defense Academy diploma in 1970. In 1986, he attended The Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru for a year.[1]

Military career

Tunde Ogbeha was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1970. As a Colonel in December 1983, he was involved in the military coup when President Shehu Shagari was replaced by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. Ogbeha approached Captain Augustine A. Anyogo of the Brigade of Guards and told him to arrest the president at midnight. Anyogo refused and alerted his superior officer, who arranged for increased security around the State House. However, the coup succeeded despite these measures.[2] Tunde Ogbeha played a prominent role in the subsequent coup of August 1985, when General Ibrahim Babangida ousted Buhari's government.[3]

In 1985, he was appointed an Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea. In 1987, he was appointed Military Governor of the newly formed Akwa Ibom State. In 1988, he was appointed Military Governor of the now defunct Bendel State.[4] Reminiscing about the period, Ogbeha said that he was not in the vanguard for the 1991 creation of Kogi State, but helped in its creation because he was a trusted advisor of President Ibrahim Babangida.[5]

He voluntary retired as a Brigadier-General in 1993, after Babangida stepped down from power.

Senate career

In 1998, Tunde Ogbeha and his close friend General David Medaese Jemibewon, a former military governor of Oyo State, were a team in Kogi State. In the April 1999 elections, Ogbeha ran for the Senate and was elected to represent Kogi West on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP), while Jemibewon obtained the ministerial post allocated to Kogi State in the new government.[6]

In 2003, Tunde Ogbeha and David Jemibewon were rivals for the Kogi West PDP senate candidacy. However, Tunde Ogbeha was backed by president Olusegun Obasanjo.[6] He was chosen as PDP candidate and reelected to the Senate in April 2003.[7] Tunde Ogbeha was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Water Resources, in which role he attended the Fourth World Water Forum, March 16–22, 2006, in Mexico city.[8]

In a December 2005 interview, Ogbeha said "The constitution was made without the thought that we will have cowboys who will operate it and these cowboys are bringing us shame and disgrace". He strongly criticized the current leaders for wanton and unbridled corruption.[5] As senator for Kogi West, Tunde Ogbeha advocated a new Kogi State comprising the Okun Yorubas and the people of Kogi Central. He said that the people of Kogi East should constitute a separate state.[9]

He chose not to run for another term in 2007.[10] Outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo had been campaigning for Tunde Ogbeha to become National Secretary of the PDP, which may have been the reason for Ogbeha' decision, but eventually he gave his support to Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje as PDP secretary.[11]

Later career

After leaving the Senate, Ogbeha became Chairman of the Confluence Cable Network, Kogi State's first private broadcasting station.[12] He also became a member of the board of Falcon Securities, a stock brokerage established by Peter Ukuoritsemofe Ololo in 1993. Ololo was arrested in 2009 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on charges that a huge portion of the loans taken by Ololo’s firms were carried out illegally. Ogbeha was not implicated in the charges.[13]

In July 2009, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua nominated Tunde Ogbeha to the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, representing the non-oil-producing North Central region.[14]


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