This is a List of Governors and Administrators of Ondo State. Ondo State was created from part of Western State on 17 Mar 1976.
1. ITA DAVID IKPEME is a retired Nigerian airforce group captain who served as the first Governor of Ondo State (February 1976 – July 1978) after it was carved out of the old Western State during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.
MILITARY GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE In office 3 February 1976 – 24 July 1978 Preceded by David Jemibewon (Western State) Succeeded by Sunday Tuoyo
Ita David Ikpeme obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London.
During his tenure as Governor of Ondo State, he initiated road construction in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
In December 1985 he was named as a suspect in a coup plot against the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
After retiring from the air force, he was active in business. In 1997, he was one of the owners of Bailey Bridges Nigeria, which was proposing to operate a pontoon ferry across the Kwale River. In 2009, he was on the board of directors of Ekondo Microfinance Bank. He was chairman of Davandy Finance & Securities Ltd, a financial service company incorporated in 1997.He was also on the finance committee of the Efik National Association, which works to improve the health, social, and economic wellbeing of the people of Calabar.
His wife, Benedicta Tinuade Ikpeme, died aged 73 in March 2009.
2. SUNDAY E. TUOYO (“Sunny”) is a retired Nigerian Brigadier General who served as the Military Governor of Ondo State (July 1978 – October 1979) during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.He is of Itsekiri origin. His son-in-law is Emmanuel Uduaghan, elected governor of Delta State in April 2007.
MILITARY GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
24 Jul 1978 – 1 Oct 1979
Preceded by Ita David Ikpeme
Succeeded by Michael Adekunle Ajasin
EDUCATION: He attended Hussey College Warri.
3. MICHAEL ADEKUNLE AJASIN (28 November 1908 – 3 October 1997) was a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Ondo State (October 1979 – October 1983) on the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) platform during the Nigerian Second Republic.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office 1 October 1979 – 31 December 1983 Preceded by Sunday Tuoyo Succeeded by Michael Bamidele Otiko
Born: 28 November 1908 Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
Died: 3 October 1997 (aged 88)
Michael Adekunle Ajasin was born in Owo, Ondo State on 28 November 1908. He attended St. Andrews College, Oyo between (1924–1927). He worked as a teacher for some time, then was admitted to Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone in 1943, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Modern History and Economics in June, 1946. Following that, he went to the Institute of Education of the University of London where he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in June, 1947.
On 12 September 1947, Ajasin was appointed Principal of Imade College, Owo, where he initiated an aggressive staff development program, including sending teachers to University College, Ibadan for further training. In 1951 he wrote a paper that was to become the educational policy of the Action Group party, advocating free education at all levels. He was one of the founders of the party, whose other policies included immediate independence from Britain, universal health care, and abolition of want through effective economic policies. In December 1962, he left Imade College to become founder, proprietor and first principal of Owo High School from January 1963 to August, 1975, when he retired.
He married Babafunke Tenabe, a teacher, on 12 January 1939. They had four children, two boys and two girls. One daughter, Mrs Olajumoke Anifowoshe, became attorney–general and commissioner for Justice in Ondo State.
Ajasin was involved in Nigeria’s pre-independence politics. In the 1950s, he was a national vice president of the Action Group, became an elected ward councillor and then chairman of Owo district council which was made up of Owo, Idashen, Emure Ile, Ipele, Arimogija, Ute, Elerenla, Okeluse and a few more villages. He was also elected to the Federal House of Representatives in Lagos. He was a federal legislator from 1954 to 1966 before the military took over government. In 1976, he was chairman of Owo local government and joined the Unity Party of Nigeria when the military government started a new democratic dispensation. Ajasin was elected governor of Ondo State in 1979, with Akin Omoboriowo as his running mate. Omoboriowo later fell out with him, and switched to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), where he competed against Ajasin in the 1983 elections and was initially declared winner. Later the result was annulled and Ajasin was sworn in for a second term. Ajasin held office until the military coup of 31 December 1983 that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power.
As governor, Ajasin signed the law establishing the Ondo State University in 1982 in Ado-Ekiti, which is in present-day Ekiti State of Nigeria. In 2000, during the government of Chief Adebayo Adefarati, a new university was created in Akungba Akoko and later named Adekunle Ajasin University in his honour.
He also opened The Polytechnic, Owo.
Ajasin was a leader of the National Democratic Coalition popularly known as NADECO in Nigeria. The coalition was formed to bring an end to the military government of Sani Abacha and the regime to honour the electoral mandate given to MKO Abiola. In 1995, he was arrested by the military government of Abacha along with 39 other activists for holding an illegal political meeting.
4. Commodore MICHAEL BAMIDELE OTIKO (1934–1999) was the first director of naval education in Nigeria, and later was appointed Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office January 1984 – 2 September 1985 Preceded by Michael Adekunle Ajasin Succeeded by Michael Okhai Akhigbe
Born: 18 April 1934
Akure, Ondo State
Died: 25 December 1999
Otiko was director of naval education from January 1975 to December 1979 as a commander, from January 1980 to January 1981 and from December 1981 to December 1983 as a captain, and from February 1983 to January 1984 as a commodore. Otiko was appointed Governor of Ondo State from January 1984 to September 1985 during the military regime of general Mohammadu Buhari. During his term of office, Otiko renamed the State University from Obafemi Awolowo University to Ondo State University, since Buhari did not want to honor the Nigerian First Republic Western Region Premier Obafemi Awolowo. He was blamed for the detention of former deputy governor of Ondo State, Akin Omoboriowo, for 16 months. He arranged for completion of construction on Akure airport.
5. OKHAI MICHAEL AKHIGBE (September 29, 1946 – October 13, 2013) was a vice admiral in the Nigerian Navy who served as de facto Vice President of Nigeria (as Chief of General Staff) during the General Abdusalami Abubakar led military government from 1998 till the termination of military government in Nigeria, in 1999. He served as Military Governor of Nigeria’s Ondo State from 1985 to 1986, and Military Governor of Lagos State from 1986 to 1988, after which he was appointed Chief of Naval Staff, the highest-ranking officer of the Nigerian Navy, and subsequently the Chief of General Staff, the highest-ranking military officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Armed forces. He was awarded the Nigerian national honor of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). He died in the US on 28 October 2013.
10TH CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF
In office June 1998 – May 1999
Abdulsalam Abubakar as Military President of Nigeria
Preceded by Lt-Gen. O.Diya
Succeeded by Atiku Abubakar as civilian Vice President of Nigeria
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office September 1985 – August 1986 Preceded by Michael Bamidele Otiko Succeeded by Ekundayo B. Opaleye
GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE
August 1986 – July 1988 Preceded by Gbolahan Mudasiru Succeeded by Raji Rasaki
Born 29 September 1946 Fugar, Edo State, Nigeria
Died 28 October 2013 (aged 67)
New York, New York, U.S.
ALMA MATER: Nigerian Defence Academy
Branch/service: Nigerian Navy
Years of service 1967-1999
RANK: Vice Admiral
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Akhigbe was born on September 29, 1946, in Fugar, Aviawu clan in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State. and was educated at Afenmai Anglican Grammar School, Igarra from 1961 to 1965. He attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Royal Naval School of Maritime Operations Dryad, Southwick UK, Command and Staff College Jaji, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, University of Poitiers, Rouan, France, and the International Defense Management Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, in California, USA.
He was the Principal Welfare Officer of the Nigerian Navy Flagship NNS Aradu, Military Governor of Lagos and Ondo States, Director, Naval Plans, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer commanding the Easter Naval Command and Chief of Naval Staff.In 1998 he became the Chief of General Staff and Vice President of Nigeria. He was awarded the honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), in 1998 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Benin in 2003. His military decorations include Force Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, and Defense Service Star.
Before his death, he was an Attorney with specialization in Maritime Law. He was also a seasoned businessman with substantial investments in real estate. Admiral Okhai Michael Akhigbe is remembered for his numerous services to the nation, especially his role during the transition from military to civilian rule in 1999 when he was the Chief of General Staff to Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar.
Akhigbe brought electricity to the Fugar community. He brought the administrative headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State Nigeria to Fugar City.
He was the single most important factor in the rehabilitation of the Teacher’s college Ekiti, later called Ondo State College of Education. Admiral Akhigbe, then a Commodore and military Governor of old Ondo State approved the appointment of USAID-HARVARD trained educationist, Dr Sam Adebayo Adewuya as the Sole Administrator of the college with the sole command of returning the dilapidated college to functional level within three years. The college has since evolved into the University of Education, Ekiti State TUNEDIK.
6. Major General (retired) EKUNDAYO B. OPALEYE was Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria from August 1986 to December 1987 during the military regime of general Ibrahim Babangida.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office 26 August 1986 – 17 December 1987 Preceded by Michael Okhai Akhigbe Succeeded by Raji Alagbe Rasaki
Colonel Opaleye was a member of a Special Military Tribunal set up in 1986 to try officers accused of plotting a coup against Babangida in December 1985. In August 1986 he was appointed governor of Ondo State, holding office until December 1987. General Opaleye was appointed commander of the OAU Neutral Military Organization Group (NMOG) set up in 1991 to enforce a cease fire between the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and the Hutu-dominated Rwandan government. NMOG had the limited mandate of creating a buffer zone between the rebels and the government troops. In 1993 NMOG was integrated into the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). Major-general Opaleye played a big role in the conclusion of the ARUSHA talks that let to the Peace Agreement signed on August 4, 1993.
After retiring from the army, Opaleye was made an Owu Erunmu chief (Balogun Erunmu – Erunmu Owu’s highest ranking war chieftain) by the Oluroko of Erunmu Owu, Honourable Chief Aremu Olugbolahan Ijaola. This makes him a traditional war chief in Erunmu, and by extension, a secondary cabinet member in the Owu Kingdom. He was involved in controversy when the Owu monarch, Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, appointed sixteen new Obas, whom the Ogun State government refused to recognize. In October 2009 Opaleye said the Owu Kingdom would not reverse the appointments since they were not contrary to any laws.
7. Brigadier General RAJI ALAGBE RASAKI (born 7 January 1947) is a retired Nigerian military officer who was military governor in turn of Ogun State, Ondo State and Lagos State between 1986 and 1991 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.
MILITARY GOVERNOR OF OGUN STATE
In office 1986 – December 1987 Preceded by Oladayo Popoola Succeeded by Mohammed Lawal
MILITARY GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office 17 December 1987 – July 1988 Preceded by Ekundayo Opaleye Succeeded by Bode George Military Governor Of Lagos State
In office 1988–1991 Preceded by Navy Captain Mike Akhigbe Succeeded by Michael Otedola
Born 7 January 1947 (age 73) Ibadan
SPOUSE(s) Fatimat Olufunke RajiI-Rasaki
Raji Alagbe Rasaki was born on 7 January 1947 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He attended Nigerian Military School, Zaria, for his secondary education and then the Nigerian Defence Academy, where he was commissioned an officer in the Nigerian Army. He held many command and staff positions: he was Adjutant, Lagos Garrison Signal Regiment (1970–71), Commanding Officer Second Signal Regiment, Commander Signal Support Brigade (1978–79), Commander Army Signal Corps, Commander Army Headquarters Garrison & Signal Group.
Raji Rasaki was a one time military governor of Ogun State (1986–87) before his re-deployment to the nation’s economic nerve center, Lagos State, becoming that state’s military governor in 1988. Soon after, he embarked on a massive demolition exercise of illegal structures to rid the State of shanties. That singular act resulted in the re-vitalization of Lagos, and a boom in the real estate market.. It also earned him the nickname of “acsion governor” (action governor), a mockery of the way in which he referred to himself.
A member of the armed forces ruling council; he gained national prominence during the 22 April 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Ibrahim Babangida regime. The plotters led by the late Major Gideon Orkar had attempted to overrun the then seat of the Federal Government; Dodan Barracks, and in that process killing Babangida’s Aide de Camp, Major U.K. Bello. Late Major Orkar had announced many far-reaching declarations, which included radical restructuring of the federation bordering on the excision of five core northern States until the coup was foiled by officers loyal to Babangida. The first announcement to this effect came from the then military governor of Lagos state, Col. Raji Rasaki, who declared in a radio broadcast that the rebellion was already being contained.
Following his retirement from the army, Rasaki wrote several policy papers and memoirs. In addition he pursued a career as a statesman; participating in numerous conferences and forums. As a public speaker, he addressed audiences across the country and abroad. In 2005 he joined the Nigerian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In 2016, he celebrated 40 years of his marriage to Senator Fatimat Olufunke Raji-Rasaki.
8. Chief OLABODE IBIYINKA GEORGE (“BODE GEORGE”) is a Nigerian politician who became Military Governor of Ondo State, and later Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, then national vice-chairman in the southwest zone of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
9TH GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office July 1988 – September 1990 Preceded by Raji Alagbe Rasaki Succeeded by Sunday Abiodun Olukoya
Born: November 21, 1945 Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
POLITICAL PARTY: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
George was born on November 21, 1945 in Lagos. He earned a B.Sc and MBA. Bode George became a Commodore in the Nigerian navy, and was appointed Military Governor of Ondo State (1988–1990). The African Concorde magazine reported that George treated the state budget as his own, spending lavishly and handing out inflated contracts in return for large kick-backs. In a July 2002 interview, Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu said Bode George needed to face a criminal tribunal over his activity in Ondo state. He said “Bode George and his fellow travellers who believe in military arbitrariness have to be told in clear terms that their time has passed, we are under democracy now.” In response the PDP party Chairman, Alhaji Muhammed Muritala Ashorobi, said Bode George had an outstanding record as governor of old Ondo State, and the structures he built were key monuments. He established the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo by edict in 1990, a school that now has over 4,000 students. While governor, he was attacked at a ceremony in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), of which he is an alumnus.
He became Principal Staff Officer, to General Oladipo Diya when the latter was Chief of General Staff, between 1993 and 1997. George was also a Director at the Nigerian National War College (NWC).
PORTS AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN
George was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1999. In February 2001, while visiting the Delta ports, Bode George called for increased security, and also discussed the problem of delays in payment of large sums of money owed to the port authority by organizations such as the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, Nigerian National Shipping Line, Delta Steel Company and Central Water Transport Company.In April 2001, George said that one of the causes of port congestion that importers were slow to clear their goods because of fear of seizure. In May 2001, Bode George called for construction of new dry ports and warehouses to tackle congestion. In September 2001, Chief Bode George directed that all empty containers should be moved out of the Lagos seaports to free up space. In July 2002, he appealed to Truck Owners striking over clearance of goods at the Lagos ports to go back to work.
In March 2003, George commended the Grimaldi Group for investing in Nigeria, and said the NPA would solve the shortage of berths for ships at the RORO port by expansion when the present government gained power in April. In August 2003, talking of plans to privatize port operations, Bode George said “The illusion that the NPA is a buoyant and bottomless source of funds, which has encouraged a culture of carefreeness in the handling of contracts and materials, the unwarranted external influences to procure materials and equipment that are not required for our operations needs, lack of proper stock taking and modern store management procedures, the poor maintenance and management of our assets, all these must give way to harsh realities of our new role.”
In October 2003, the senior management and the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority was dismissed. The new managing director, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, hired auditors to review major existing contracts. Their review found irregularities. It was passed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under Nuhu Ribadu, which started investigations in 2005.
George was close to president Olusegun Obasanjo, and was given preference in the sale of houses in Lagos state. In 2001, George was made the PDP’s national vice-chairman in the southwest zone. Later he became PDP Deputy National Chairman, South, and then the National Deputy Chairman of the PDP.
At a March 2001 rally, George appeared to back Chief Funsho Williams, the runner-up in 1998 Lagos State governorship primaries of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party, as the PDP candidate for the 2003 governorship election. Williams later decamped to the PDP.
In February 2002, in response to allegations that the PDP was imposing levies on prospective aspirants for political offices, Bode George said the party had never given such a directive, and anyone caught doing do would be arrested and handed over to the Police. In August 2002, Nick Mbaezue, the leader of Anambra People’s Forum (APF) arm of the Anambra State chapter of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) accused Bode George of auctioning the PDP executive to the governor’s faction.
In January 2003, Chief Olorunfunmi Bashorun, the founding chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, and other leaders, petitioned the National Chairman over a crisis in the party. They accused George and his client Alhaji Murtala Ashorobi of favoritism. In April 2004, George denied any involvement in the reported detention of Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State and two other former governors. The three were attending a funeral in Iyin-Ekiti when they were detained by soldiers and policemen.
In June 2004, a splinter group of the PDP accused Bode George, south-west chairman of the party, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, and Mohammed Ashorobi, the PDP state chairman of breaking up the party through of intimidation, blackmail, discrimination and abuse of power. In July 2004, there was a crisis in Anambra State where the house of assembly first stated that the governor Chris Ngige had resigned and the deputy governor, Okey Udeh should take his place, then reversed their decision saying they had been deliberately misled. Bode George headed a PDP panel that recommended that Okey Udeh resign.
In January 2005, This Day reported that Bode George was expected to be named National Chairman of the PDP at the party’s national convention in November. In July 2005, he was promoted to PDP Deputy National Chairman (South). In February 2007, Olabode George called for the resignation of Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who had defected to the Action Congress (AC) party.
In March 2008, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor dismissed Bode George from the Governing Board of the Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI). In April 2008, the PDP National Disciplinary Committee (NDC), which Bode George headed, was dismantled.
In April 2005, Olabode George threatened court action over a newspaper allegation that an N85 billion scam was uncovered in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) while he was chairman of the NPA board. He described the allegation as senseless, baseless and thoughtless.
He was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when it was headed by Nuhu Ribadu on charges of fraud at the NPA. However, he was widely rumoured to have been shielded from prosecution by President Olusegun Obasanjo. The EFCC report issued on 1 April 2005 stated that NPA board members, including Chairman Bode George, and the management of the NPA should be held responsible for deliberate and flagrant violations of government rules and regulations governing the award of contracts, and should be sanctioned for contract splitting and inflation of contract price in utter disregard to laid-down government rules and regulations. President Obasanjo dismissed the findings as inconclusive, and ordered another investigation. The second EFCC report cleared Bode George.
In November 2005, the EFCC invited Bode George to a meeting to discuss a party issue where his name had come up. In March 2006, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) called on President Olusegun Obasanjo to prosecute the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, and the board and management of the NPA over allegations of frivolous award of contracts worth N60 million.
In August 2008, the EFCC under its new head Farida Waziri arrested Olabode George in Lagos and arraigned him and four others on a 163 count-charge of conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, abuse of office and alleged illegal award of contracts worth N84 billion while he was chairman of the NPA. After the trial had started, the EFCC reduced the charge to 63 counts. In October 2009, Bode George was found guilty and sentenced to jail for 30 months. The sentence was handed out by Justice Joseph Olubunmi Oyewole. The judge found the defendants guilty on 47 out of the 68 counts. The total sentences added up to 28 years, but the counts for disobedience to lawful order were ruled to run concurrently for six months, and the counts for contract inflation then to run concurrently for two years.
George’s lawyers filed an appeal and requested bail pending resolution of the appeal. The appeal was however refused by the court. As a prisoner, Chief Bode George and his colleagues were placed in the V.I.P. section of the prison. They were not required to wear prison uniforms, and were allowed to have meals prepared by their families. On December 13, 2013, the Supreme Court discharged the conviction of Bode George. The court, headed by judge John Afolabi Fabiyi, said the EFCC had no evidence that George intended to commit fraud at the NPA, and the charges of “contract splitting” was unknown to law.
9. BAMIDELE ISOLA OLUMILUA is a Nigerian politician who was the elected Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic, elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform. He was forced to leave office when the military regime of general Sani Abacha took power. His deputy governor was Olusegun Agagu, who later became Governor of Ondo State from 29 May 2003 until February 2009. He is currently the Chancellor, Ekiti State University.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office January 1992 – November 1993 Preceded by Sunday Abiodun Olukoya Succeeded by Mike Torey
Olumilua joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Christian Pilgrims Board. In August 2005, the PDP stated that he was no longer a member of the party. He later became one of the founding members of the Action Congress (AC) party, formed in 2006
10. Chief ADEBAYO ADEFARATI (February 14, 1931– March 29, 2007) was a Nigerian politician who was Governor of Ondo State in Nigeria from 1999 to 2003.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003 Preceded by Moses Fasanya Succeeded by Olusegun Agagu
Born: 14 February 1931 Akungba Akoko Nigeria
Died: 29 March 2007 (aged 76)
LIFE AND CAREER
Adebayo Adefarati was appointed commissioner twice under the Afenifere leader Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin. He was the State Commissioner for Works and Transport (between 1979–1983). Adefarati was also a prominent member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), a leading organization in the fight against the military during the rule of Sani Abacha.
Political intrigues during his term as governor culminated in the alienation of many of his erstwhile comrades, figures like Olusegun Mimiko, Chief Rufus Giwa, Akerele Adu, Olu Agunloye, Chief Yele Omogunwa, Chief Niyi Omodara, Olatunji Ariyo and Chief Bamidele Awosika.
This state of affairs worked against him when he made a bid for a second term as governor and enhanced the likelihood of victory for Olusegun Agagu at the polls in April, 2003. Claims made against Adefarati included disillusionment with his administration and a lack of transparency in the selection process adopted by the Alliance for Democracy in the selection of its gubernatorial candidates at that election.
The relationship of Chief Adebayo Adefarati with Chief Ruben Fasoranti and Chief Olu Falae was just being repaired during the election, thereby making the impact of the duo of little consequence in his favour during the Nigerian general elections of 2003. Many of his detractors were to later regret their actions when Olusegun Agagu was himself removed from office by a coalition that included many of the previous players and was replaced by Olusegun Mimiko, thus vindicating Chief Adebayo Adefarati.
Adefarati was Governor of Ondo State from 1999 to 2003. He was later a presidential candidate for the Alliance for Democracy party in the April, 2007 presidential election, but died in Owo, Ondo State at the age of 76 of an undisclosed ailment a few weeks prior to the election. He had not been considered a major candidate, but his death raised the possibility that the election would be delayed. A spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission said that this would not happen, and that the party could name a replacement candidate.
Adebayo Adefarati was a native of Akungba Akoko and was married to Adetutu Adefarati. As an Oloye of the Yoruba people, he held the traditional titles of the Otunba Elekole of Ikole and the Bobajiro of Osu-Ilesa.
11. OLUSEGUN KOKUMO AGAGU (16 February 1948 – 13 September 2013) was a Nigerian politician who was Governor of Ondo State in Nigeria from 29 May 2003 until February 2009, when a court voided his re-election as governor on account of electoral irregularities. He was replaced as Governor of Ondo State by Olusegun Mimiko, his political rival, based on a court injunction. His name, Olusegun, means “God is victorious” He was a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In office January 1992 – November 1993
FEDERAL MINISTER OF AVIATION
In office 29 May 1999 – 2000 Succeeded by Kema Chikwe
FEDERAL MINISTER OF POWER AND STEEL
In office 2000–2002 Succeeded by Olusegun Mimiko
15TH GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
In office 29 May 2003 – 23 February 2009 Preceded by Adebayo Adefarati Succeeded by Olusegun Mimiko
Born: 16 February 1948
Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria
Died: 13 September 2013 (aged 65) Lagos, Nigeria
POLITICAL PARTY: People’s Democratic Party
SPOUSE(s): Olufunke Agagu
EDUCATION: St. Luke’s Anglican School, Okitipupa (Primary education), Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan
He commenced his elementary education at St. Luke’s Anglican School, (now known as St. Paul’s Anglican School) Okitipupa, in 1954. In January 1958, he moved to live with his cousin, Edward Fagbohun in Ibadan, where he continued his primary education at Ebenezer African Church School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. In 1959 he transferred to Kano in 1959 where he studied at the Ebenezer Methodist School and Baptist Primary School Sabon-Gari, Kano. He then moved back to Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan where he completed his primary education in 1960. Thereafter, he was in Ibadan Grammar School between January 1961 and 1967 where he passed his West African School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate examinations. He was admitted to the University of Ibadan in 1968 to study Botany but later changed to Geology in which he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Second Class Upper Division, in 1971.
Agagu went to the University of Texas between 1973 and 1974 for his master’s degree in Geology. Returning to Nigeria, he obtained a Ph.D degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Ibadan in 1978.
He was elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic, elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform. As the Deputy Governor in Ondo State, the combination of his knowledge as a Geologist, resourcefulness and his untiring efforts led to the State becoming an oil producing state, a feat that massively expanded the economic base of the State. He was forced to leave office when the military regime of general Sani Abacha took power.
Agagu was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo as his first Minister of Aviation in 1999. and then as Minister for Power and Steel (2000-2002).
Once, while on a foreign trip, the people of Ondo received false reports of his death.
On 29 June 2006 President Olusegun Obasanjo commended him for the work he had done leading Ondo State, saying “You have taken time to plan. We have also seen that the execution of the plan is now showing results.”
In September 2008 a Senate Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the Transportation Sector summoned Agagu and others as part of its probe of the entire transportation sector, to answer questions about his tenure as Minister of Aviation.
He reportedly slumped and died on September 13, 2013 in Lagos.
On 3 October 2013, a day before his burial, Associated Aviation Flight 361, the plane carrying his corpse together with 13 passengers and 7 crew members, crashed on takeoff from Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
12. OLUSEGUN MIMIKO (Yoruba: Olúṣẹ́gun Mímikò;) born 3 October 1954, was the senatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party for Ondo Central District in the 2019 election. He is a Nigerian politician who served as the 16th, and fifth civilian, Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria, from February 2009, to February 2017. The first two-term governor of Ondo state and the first Labour Party governor in Nigeria. Mimiko was previously a federal minister for housing and urban development, a secretary to the Ondo State Government, and a two-time Ondo State Commissioner for Health.
Dr. Mimiko in official campaign photo
5TH CIVILIAN GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
February 24, 2009 – February 24, 2017
Preceded by Olusegun Agagu
Succeeded by Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu
Born: 3 October 1954 (age 65)
POLITICAL PARTY: Zenith Labour Party
Mimiko was born and raised in Ondo Town, Ondo State, South West Nigeria. He developed an interest in politics at a young age. His political career began at medical school in the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), where he was a member of the Students’ Representatives Council (Parliament) and served as the public relations officer of the International Students’ Association of the institution from 1977 to 1978.
After graduating from the university in 1980 and completing his National Youth Service Corp year, Mimiko began practising medicine. In 1985, he set up MONA MEDICLINIC in Ondo Town which served as a community charity centre.
Mimiko’s first political appointment was as the commissioner of health and social services in Ondo State from 1992 till 1993 when a military coup terminated the democratic Third Nigerian Republic. On the return to democratic government in Nigeria, Mimiko again served as a commissioner of health in Ondo State from 1999 to 2002.
In 2003, he was appointed secretary to the Ondo State Government (SSG). He held this position till July 2005, when he was appointed as the federal minister of housing and urban development. Mimiko resigned as a federal minister to contest for the governorship of Ondo against the incumbent, Olusegun Agagu in the 2007 elections.
Mimiko won the keenly contested poll. But, influenced by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced Agagu as the winner. Mimiko challenged the outcome of the election in the courts in what turned out to be a two-year legal tussle that ended in him being declared the true winner of the governorship poll by a unanimous decision of the Tribunal Court, and the Court of Appeal in 2009. He went on to win re-election in 2012, beating his closest challenger, Olusola Oke of the People’s Democratic Paty.
During Mimiko’s term as governor, his reforms in healthcare, education, community development, urban renewal and the use of technology in governance were recognized nationally and internationally.
After leaving office, Mimiko spent a year delivering public lectures and advocating for universal healthcare and good governance in Nigeria, London, and Washington DC.
In September 2018, he declared his intention to run for president of Nigeria in the 2019 elections. He received the nomination as the presidential candidate of the Labour Zenith Party in October, 2018. On November 14, 2018, Mimiko announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign, a few days before the campaign season was formally opened. He took up the Zenith Labour Party’s senatorial ticket for Ondo Central federal constituency.
Mimiko currently resides in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, where his campaign organisation is headquartered.
13. OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN, or Rotimi Akeredolu, (born 21 July 1956) is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who is also the Governor of Ondo State,[1 Nigeria and also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who became president of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008. Akeredolu was also a Managing Partner at the Law Firm of Olujinmi & Akeredolu, a Law Firm he co-founded with Chief Akin Olujinmi, a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice in Nigeria.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
Incumbent Assumed office 24 February 2017 Preceded by Olusegun Mimiko
Born: Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu 21 July 1956 (age 63) Owo, Ondo State
POLITICAL PARTY: All Progressives Congress(APC)
Spouse(s): Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
ALMA MATER: Obafemi Awolowo University
OCCUPATION: Politician, Lawyer
BIRTH AND EDUCATION
Akeredolu was born on 21 July 1956 in Owo to Reverend J. Ola Akeredolu of the Akeredolu family and Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu of Aderoyiju family of Igbotu, Ese Odo, in Ondo State. Akeredolu started his primary education at Government School, Owo. He proceeded to Aquinas College, Akure, Loyola College, Ibadan and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, for his secondary school education and Higher School Certificate, respectively. His middle name “Odunayo” means “Year of happiness” in Yoruba He went on to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Law, graduating in 1977. He was called to the Nigerian Bar 1978.
Akeredolu was appointed Attorney General of Ondo State from 1997–1999. In 1998 he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He was Chairman of the Legal Aid Council (2005–2006). In November 2009 he faced allegations of corruption when the Bar Association’s Third Vice-President, Welfare Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary circulated a petition entitled “Complaints against your fraudulent manifestations, violation of the NBA”. Subsequently, the allegations against him were reviewed and dropped by the National Executive council of the Nigerian Bar Association.
In a lecture in December 2009, Akeredolu said no amount of electoral reform or judicial system could give Nigeria free and fair elections, if Nigerians themselves refused to take practical steps to ensure that their votes count. Later that month he stated that Umaru Yar’Adua, the President of Nigeria should have handed over to Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan in an acting capacity during his illness, a statement that was backed up by the Nigerian Bar Association who said he was authorised to speak on their behalf.
In 2012, the Nigerian Bar Association named its new secretariat in Abuja after him with its president citing the reason being the need for “generational identification and recognition of those who had contributed immensely to the development of the association.Everything in the NBA is usually highly politicised. The sheer courage for him ( Akeredolu) to go through the rigour is a testimony to his selfless service.”
In November 2011, Akeredolu was among a crowd of aspirants to be Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate for Governor of Ondo State in the 2013 elections. In an interview that month, Akeredolu said that he had become well known and respected as president of the Bar, and described himself as a progressive. If elected, his priorities would include agricultural development, fish farming for export, improvements to education, jobs for youths and improved roads. He would provide free education and primary health care. He was in favour of increased subsidies and greater local control over public spending.
On 28 July 2012, On Akeredolu was selected as the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate for Governor of Ondo State during the ACN congress in Akure. His selection pitched him in a head to head battle with the incumbent, Olusegun Mimiko and Mr Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Akeredolu promised to create 30,000 jobs in his first 100 days in office. His promise was refuted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a ruse.
His promise nonetheless resulted in the submission of over 10,000 CV’s to his campaign office.
On Saturday September 3, 2016, in a controversial primary election that rocked the ruling party during which Asiwaju Bola Tinubu a major party voice and National Leader of the ruling APC demanded the resignation of the party’s chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, Akeredolu was awarded ticket to represent the All Progressive Congress (APC) the 2016 elections for governor. On Sunday, 27 November 2016, he was declared winner of the keenly contested Ondo State gubernatorial elections.
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE
On Sunday, 27 November 2016, Akeredolu was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the Ondo State Governorship Election. He amassed 244, 842 votes in the election while Mr. Jegede with 150, 380 votes and Mr. Oke with 126, 889 votes . According to Prof. Ganiyu Ambali, INEC Returning Officer, Akeredolu defeated two major opponents, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to clinch victory. He was sworn in as the governor of Ondo State on 24 February 2017 in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.
LIST OF ONDO STATE ADMINISTRATORS
1. Sunday Abiodun Olukoya was a Nigerian navy captain who served as Military Administrator of Ondo State from September 1990 to January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He retired as a Rear Admiral. In November 2009, he was among past governors of Ondo State who praised the achievements of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and charged him to ensure that his administration continues to develop the state.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF ONDO STATE
3 September 1990 – 3 January 1992
Preceded by Bode George
Succeeded by Dele Olumilua
2. LUCKY MIKE TOREY is a retired army officer who was appointed Military Administrator of Ondo State, Nigeria from December 1993 to September 1994, and then of Enugu State until August 1996 during the military regime of general Sani Abacha. He died on 16 November 2013, after a brief illness.
ADMINISTRATOR OF ONDO STATE
December 1993 – September 1994
Preceded by Dele Olumilua
Succeeded by Ahmed Usman
ADMINISTRATOR OF ENUGU STATE
14 September 1994 – 22 August 1996
Preceded by Temi Ejoor
Succeeded by Sule Ahman
Colonel Lucky Mike Torey established the Enugu State Environmental Protection Agency in 1995. In 1996, Torey stopped state government subventions to some of the Enugu State parastatals, including the Enugu State water corporation.
In 2005, Torey was one of the aspirants to the Unuevworo traditional stool in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government area of Delta State. In March 2010 Torey chaired a ceremony where the Federal Government presented a Site Handing Over Certificate to H.O.B. Nigeria for a 430-unit housing project in Akure, Ondo State.
3. Colonel AHMED USMAN was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Ondo State (September 1994 – August 1996) and then of Oyo State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF ONDO STATE
September 1994 – August 1996
Preceded by Mike Torey
Succeeded by Anthony Onyearugbulem
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF OYO STATE
22 August 1996 – August 1998
Preceded by Chinyere Ike Nwosu
Succeeded by Amen Edore Oyakhire
Ahmed Usman was born in 1951. After joining the army, postings included Second in Command, 192 Battalion, Abak and 141 Battalion, Kano (1983–1985), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (1985–1986) and Battalion Commander G Amphibious, Elele Port Hartcourt (1990–1991).
Ahmed Usman was appointed governor of Ondo State in September 1994.While governor of Ondo State, Ahmed Usman installed Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi as the Attah of Ayede Ekiti. On 17 June 1996, Usman threatened to dismiss any Ondo State judge who granted bail to secret cult suspects. In 1998, a former Managing Director of a subsidiary of the Odu’a Group alleged that he had given bribes to Usman while he was administrator of Ondo State.
OYO STATE GOVERNOR
In August 1996, Ahmed Usman was deployed to Oyo state at a time of growing discontent about the military regime headed by Sani Abacha. On 12 May 1997 a bomb explosion in the state capital of Ibadan injured two soldiers and a policeman. Usman said the perpetrators were cowards. Two people were killed and about 20 wounded at the Salami Sports Stadium, Ibadan in April 1998, when supporters of the United Action for Democracy (UAD) disrupted a pro-Abacha rally that had earlier been addressed by Colonel Ahmed Usman.
Seven people were killed in 1998 May Day clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters. Colonel Ahmed Usman blamed “foreign enemies” of supporting the violence. Later that month, Usman said security forces had been placed on red alert to stop any protest in the state capital, Ibadan.A few days later thirty-seven Nigerians were arrested and charged with subversion. Usman said they would be treated as “prisoners of war”. Three other people, one a prominent newspaper editor, were charged with subversion. Sani Abacha died in June 1998. Ahmed Usman was relieved of his position as governor in August 1998.
Ahmed Usman stayed out of politics after the return to democracy in 1999, until in August 2008 he declared that he intended to run for governor of Kogi State in 2011.
4. Moses Fasanya was a Nigerian colonel from Ibadan, Oyo State who served as Military Administrator of Abia State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.He then became Military Administrator of Ondo State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Adebayo Adefarati in May 1999.
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF ABIA STATE
22 August 1996 – August 1998
Preceded by Temi Ejoor
Succeeded by Anthony Obi
MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR OF ONDO STATE
August 1998 – May 1999
Preceded by Anthony Onyearugbulem
Succeeded by Adebayo Adefarati
He caused difficulty in Ondo State by clumsy handling of the election of the traditional Owo leader, leading to chaos, killing and destruction of property. In October 1998, hundreds of people were killed in clashes between local Ijaws in the Akpata region and Ilaje Yorubas seeking work on a newly found oilfield. Fasanya had difficulty finding agreement with Ijaw leaders on ways to stabilize the situation. He deployed soldiers and police to the area to attempt to impose peace.In February 1999, Fasanya’s aides mistreated and detained fifteen journalists covering a meeting of state administrators of the Odu’a Investment Company in Akure.
In March 2009 an oil tanker caught fire in Obadore near Lagos State University. Ex-governor Fasanya lost printing materials and other goods worth over N3 million which he had stored in ten shops in the town that were destroyed in the blaze.