This is a list of  Governors and Administrators of Oyo State, Nigeria. Oyo State was formed on 1976-02-03 when Western State was divided into Ogun, Ondo, and Oyo states.

 1. DAVID MEDAYESE JEMIBEWON (born July 20, 1940) is a retired Nigerian Army major general who served as military governor of the now defunct Western State (August 1975 – March 1976) during the military regime of General Murtala Muhammed, governor of Oyo State after it had been created from part of the old Western State (March 1976 -July 1978) during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, and later as Minister of Police Affairs in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo after the return to democracy (1999 to 2000). He was a contender for the Kogi West Senatorial office in Kogi State.

Minister of Police Affairs

In office 1999–2000 Succeeded by Stephen Akiga


In office March 1976 – July 1978 Succeeded by Col. Paul Tarfa


In office August 1975 – March 1976


Born: July 20, 1940 (age 79)

ALMA MATER: NMTC Mons Officer Cadet School University of Lagos Ahmadu Bello University, United States Army Command and General Staff College


Branch/service: Nigerian Army Years of service 1960–1983

RANK: Major General


Jemibewon was born on 20 July 1940 in Iyah-Gbedde in Ijumu council of Kogi State. He was educated in Nigeria, England, and the United States of America. He holds the traditional title of Jagunmolu of Ibadan, Oyo State. He belongs to the Okun majority ethnic group.


Jemibewon was General Officer Commanding First Infantry Division. In August 1975 he was appointed governor of Western State replacing Akintunde Aduwo, who had held office for just 30 days.[6] In March 1976 Western State was divided in Ogun, Ondo and Oyo. Jemibewon continued as governor of Oyo State. Later he became Adjutant General of the Nigerian Army.


After retiring from the army Jemibewon earned a degree in Law at the University of Lagos. He then opened a successful legal practice. He was also involved in palm oil trading. When Obasanjo was charged and convicted for alleged complicity in a coup plot in 1995, Jemibewon and General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma successfully interceded on his behalf with the military head of state General Sani Abacha.

Jemibewon was chairman of the constitution drafting committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998 during preparations for the 1998/1999 democratic elections that ushered in the Nigerian Fourth Republic. Appointed Minister for Police Affairs in Obasanjo’s first cabinet in June 1999, he introduced a five-year plan for the recovery of the police, adding 33,000 police officers, setting up the Nigeria police service commission, and better equipping the police to cope with the task of internal security. Speaking on behalf of Obasanjo at the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference in South Africa, in December 1999, David Jemibewon told the conference that “To sustain democracy, we have to keep itching fingers and greedy eyes off the public till. Those in power must be accountable to the people.”

In the run up to the April 2003 Senatorial elections for Kogi West, he was the main competitor to the incumbent Tunde Ogbeha for the PDP candidature. He was unsuccessful in the bid, and Ogbeha went on to be elected for a second term. However, he remained a member of the PDP and a member of the PDP Board of Trustees.

In August 2003 Jemibewon was listed as a director of EBS Nigeria, a company relatively unknown before June 2006 when it emerged as a big player in a N2.5 billion contract for anti-retroviral drugs from the Federal Ministry of Health.

David M. Jemibewon (1978). A combatant in government. Heinemann Educational Books (Nigeria).

David M. Jemibewon (1989). An introduction to the theory and practice of military law in Nigeria. Friends Foundation Publishers. ISBN 978-2703-74-5.

David M. Jemibewon (1998). The military, law and society: reflections of a general. Spectrum Books Ltd. ISBN 978-029-001-X.

David M. Jemibewon (2001). The Nigeria police in transition: issues, problems and prospects. Spectrum Books. ISBN 978-029-307-8.

 2. PAUL CHABRI TARFA is a retired Nigerian Army major general who was appointed Governor of Oyo State, during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, handing over to the elected civilian governor Bola Ige.


In office 1984–1985


In office July 1978 – October 1979 Preceded by David Jemibewon Succeeded by Bola Ige


Born: 1941 Garkida, Adamawa State, Nigeria ALMA MATER  NMTC  Royal Canadian School of Infantry


Branch/service: Nigerian Army  Years of service 1962 – 1988

RANK: Major General


He was appointed commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. Under the military rule of General Murtala Mohammed (July 1975 – February 1976), Lieutenant-Colonel Tarfa became provost marshal general and was responsible, reporting to General Theophilus Danjuma, for the clean-up campaign in the four divisions of the army. He was then given the almost impossible task of reducing traffic congestion in Lagos. He was appointed Governor of Oyo State from July 1978 to October 1979. When Ernest Shonekan came to power in November 1993, the Federal Government set up the Major-General Paul Tarfa Panel to undertake a one-year probe of the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service.


Paul C. Tarfa, Olugbemiga Akin-Williams (2007). Profile in courage. Spectrum Books. ISBN 978-029-796-0.

 3.  Chief JAMES AJIBOLA IDOWU IGE, SAN (Yoruba: Bọ́lá Ìgè; 13 September 1930 – 23 December 2001), simply known as Bola Ige, was a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He also served as Federal Minister of Justice for Nigeria. He was murdered in December 2001.


In office 3 January 1967 – 23 December 1970 Preceded by None Succeeded by Unknown


In office 1979–1983 Lieutenant: Sunday Afolabi Preceded by Paul C. Tarfa Succeeded by Victor Olunloyo


In office 29 May 1999 – 2000 Preceded by Bello Sulaiman Succeeded by Liyel Imoke


In office 3 January 2000 – 23 December 2001 Preceded by Kanu Godwin Agabi  Succeeded by Bayo Ojo


Born: James Ajibola Idowu Adegoke Ige 13 September 1930 Esa Oke, Osun State.

Died: 23 December 2001 (aged 71) Ibadan



Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria, Alliance for Democracy

SPOUSE(s): Atinuke Ige

ALMA MATER Ibadan Grammar School, University of Ibadan, University College London

Occupation: Lawyer


James Ajibola Idowu Adegoke Ige was born in Esa Oke, Osun State in the South Western part of Nigeria on 13 September 1930. His parents were Yoruba natives of Esa-Oke town, in the old Oyo State (now in Osun State). Bola Ige left Kaduna and headed south to the Western region at the age of 14. He studied at Ibadan Grammar School (1943–48), and then at the University of Ibadan. From there, he went to the University College London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959. He was called to the bar in London’s Inner Temple in 1961.

Bola Ige established Bola Ige & Co in 1961, and later became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.[3] He became well known in the country for his oratory prowess, as well as his advocacy work on civil rights and democracy. Bola Ige’s faith was Christianity. Uncommonly, Bola Ige spoke all the three major Nigerian languages, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa fluently. He wrote several books, and an anthology of articles and tributes about him was published shortly after his death.


During the First Republic (1963–66), at the age of 31 he was at the centre of the Action Group crisis, when Chief Obafemi Awolowo was pitted against his deputy, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. He became a rival of Olusola Olaosebikan for succession to Obafemi Awolowo. Bola Ige was a Commissioner for Agriculture in the now-defunct Western Region of Nigeria (1967–70) under the military government of General Yakubu Gowon. In 1967 he became a friend of Olusegun Obasanjo, who was a commander of the army brigade in Ibadan.

In the early 1970s, during the first period of military rule, he devoted his time to the anti-racism campaign of the World Council of Churches.

Towards the end of the 1970s he joined the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the successor to the Action Group.  When General Olusegun Obasanjo initiated the Second Republic, he was elected as governor of Oyo State from October 1979 to October 1983. Adebisi Akande, later to be governor of Osun State after it was split off from Oyo State, was his deputy governor during this period.  In the 1983 elections, when he ran for re-election as the UPN candidate, he was defeated by Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo. Ige unsuccessfully challenged the election in court. However, Olunloyo lost the seat three months later to a coup staged by Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon.

Ige Bola was detained after the coup, accused of enriching himself with party funds. He was released in 1985, after the next coup, by Ibrahim Babangida, and returned to his legal practice and to writing. In 1990, he published People, Politics And Politicians of Nigeria: 1940–1979, a book that he had begun while imprisoned. He was a founder member of the influential Yoruba pressure group, Afenifere. Although critical of the military rule of General Sani Abacha, Bola Ige avoided political difficulties during this period.


Following the restoration of democracy in 1999, Bola Ige sought the nomination of the Alliance for Democracy party as a presidential candidate, but was rejected. President Obasanjo appointed Bola Ige as minister of Mines and Power (1999–2000). He was not able to make significant improvements to service provided by the monopoly National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

He then became Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2000–2001). In September 2001 Bola Ige said that the Federal government had initiated a program to re-arrange and consolidate the laws of the Federation, publish them in digital form, and make them available on the website of his ministry.  He campaigned ardently against the imposition of the Sharia law in the northern states of Nigeria. In November 2001 he said that the Federal government would not allow the Sokoto State government to execute the judgement of a verdict passed by a Gwadabawa sharia court to stone a woman, Safiya Hussaini to death for committing adultery.

Bola Ige was about to take up a new position as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission when he was gunned down in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.


On 23 December 2001, Bola Ige was shot dead at his home in the south-western city of Ibadan. He had been entangled in squabbles within his Alliance for Democracy party in Osun State. The previous week, the long-running feud between Osun state Governor Bisi Akande and his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, had apparently contributed to the death of an Osun State legislator, Odunayo Olagbaju. The government of President Olusegun Obasanjo deployed troops in south-western Nigeria to try to prevent a violent reaction to the murder. Although various people were arrested and tried for involvement in the murder, including Iyiola Omisore, all were acquitted. As of November 2010 the killers had not been found.[16] He was buried in Ibadan. In a speech at his funeral, he was quoted as saying that he was sure that Nigeria was worth living for but he was not so sure that it was worth dying for.


Golden Quotes: a selection of my favourite inspirational quotations. Ibadan : Pocket Gifts ; Oxford : African Books Collective [distributor], c2000. x, 163 pp.; 19 cm. ISBN 978-129-496-5

Detainee’s Diary Ibadan : NPS Educational, 1992. 262 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN 978-2556-45-9

People, Politics And Politicians of Nigeria: 1940–1979. Heinemann Educational Books. 1994. ISBN 978-129-496-5.

Constitutions and the problem of Nigeria Lagos: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 1995. 36 pp.; 21 cm. ISBN 978-2353-43-4

Kaduna Boy. NPS Educational. 1991. ISBN 978-2556-35-1.

 4.  Dr. VICTOR OMOLOLU OLUNLOYO (born 1935) is a mathematician who became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria in October 1983, holding the office briefly until the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari took power in December 1983. He later became a power in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.


In office October 1983 – December 1983 Preceded by Bola Ige Succeeded by Oladayo Popoola

PERSONAL DETAILS Born April 14, 1935 (age 85)


Victor Omololu Sowemimo Olunloyo was born in Ibadan on April 14, 1935. His deceased father Horatio Olunloyo was Christian and his late mother Alhaja Bintu Tejumola Abebi Olunloyo who died October 2013 at 102-year-old was Muslim. His father died in December 1948 when Victor Olunloyo was 13 years old. Victor Olunloyo gained a Ph.D. from St. Andrews University in 1961. His thesis was on the Numerical Determination of the Solutions of Eigenvalue Problems of the Sturm–Liouville Type. He published several other papers on number theory and applied mathematics.

Olunloyo was appointed Commissioner for Economic Development for the Western Region in 1962 at the age of 27, in the cabinet of Dr. Moses Majekodunmi. He was re-appointed when Colonel Adeyinka Adebayo was appointed military governor of Western State. Other positions included Commissioner for Community Development, Education (twice), Special Duties, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which includes crowning of two of Nigeria’s monarchs namely the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and the Soun of Ogbomosho King Oyewunmi. He was appointed chairman of the Western Nigerian Development Corporation.


In 1983, Olunloyo ran for governor of the old Oyo State on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform, and defeated the incumbent, Bola Ige of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), assuming office in October 1983. His term ended three months later when General Muhammadu Buhari took power and dismissed the elected government on December 31, 1983.


In November 2002 Victor Olunloyo said he would be a candidate for governor of Oyo State in the April 2003 elections. However, Rasheed Ladoja was eventually chosen as the PDP candidate. In 2009, he was chairman of a panel to investigate the collapse of a part of the Pharmacy section of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.

The panel laid blame on the contractor and on the state government, drawing attack from the Oyo State governor Adebayo Alao-Akala. He was elected chairman of the PDP Planning and Strategy Committee for Ibadanland to prepare for the 2011 election, and was also made chairman of the PDP Media and Publicity Committee for the state. In 2012 Victor Olunloyo abandoned the PDP political party and joined ACN.

 5.  OLADAYO POPOOLA (Yoruba: Oládayọ̀ Pópóọlá; born 26 February 1944) is a retired Nigerian major-general who was military governor of Oyo State (January 1984 – August 1985) during the military regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, He was then appointed Military Governor of Ogun State (August 1985 – 1986) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.


In Office January 1984 – August 1985 Preceded by Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo Succeeded by Colonel Adetunji Idowu Olurin

Military Governor Of Ogun State

In office August 1985 – 1986 Preceded by Oladipo Diya Succeeded by Raji Alagbe Rasaki


Born: 26 February 1944 (age 76)


Oladayo Popoola was born on 26 February 1944. He completed his secondary education in Ikire, Osun State. He joined the army and moved up steadily through the ranks, becoming deputy defense adviser at the Nigerian High Commission, India, director at the Staff College, Jaji, and Chief of Administration and Chief of Logistics Army Headquarters. He was appointed military governor of Oyo State in January 1984 and governor of Ogun State in August 1985. He was a member of the Provisional Ruling Council.

Nigeria and Cameroon disputed ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula, thought to hold major oil reserves, with sporadic fighting starting in 1994. In November 1998, Nigeria and Cameroon exchanged prisoners of war. As commander of Nigerian forces in the region (82 Mechanised Division, Enugu), General Oladayo Popoola said the exchange was made in the “spirit of reconciliation in our countries”.

While in the army, Popoola studied Law at the University of Lagos as a part-time student, obtaining an LL.B. degree. Later he attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and became a Barrister at Law. In March 1999, he was chair of the Presidential Committee on Development Options for the Niger Delta, which recommended increased funds for infrastructural development and establishment of a Niger Delta Consultative Council. Popoola was required to retire from the at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, as were all other former military governors and administrators. In 2004, he was working as managing director of Daybis Printing Press, a company in Ibadan.

 6.  ADETUNJI IDOWU ISHOLA OLURIN mni (Yoruba: Adétúnjí Ìdòwú Ìṣọ̀lá Olúrìn; born December 3, 1944) is a retired one-star general in the Nigerian Army who was a former military Governor of Oyo State and Field Commander of ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia from 1992 to 1993 during the First Liberian Civil War. Olurin retired from service in 1993 and he is a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria. He was administrator of Ekiti State from October 8, 2006 until April 27, 2007.




In office September 1985 – July 1988 Preceded by Lt. Col. Oladayo Popoola Succeeded by Col. Sasaenia Oresanya


In office October 19, 2006 – April 27, 2007 Preceded by Ayo Fayose Succeeded by Tope Ademiluyi


Born December 3, 1944 (age 75) Ilaro, Ogun State, Nigeria


People’s Democratic Party (PDP)


Soldier (rtd) Politician


Humane Order of African Redemption (Liberia) – ribbon bar.gif Knight Commander HOAR


Allegiance Nigeria Federal Republic of Nigeria


Nigerian Army Years of service 1967 – 1993


Brigadier General Unit Commander, 1st Mechanized Brigade, Minna  GOC, 3rd Armoured  Division, Jos


ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force


First Liberian Civil War


Tunji Olurin was born at Ilaro to the Chief M.A.O. Olurin, the Agoro of Ilaro, and Madam Abigail Fola Olurin. He was educated at Egbado College (now Yewa College), and attended the Technical College, Ibadan (now Ibadan Polytechnic) in 1966. He became a trainee at the Times Press in Apapa, Lagos. In 1967 he entered the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, where he obtained his NDA Certificate of Education. He attended many professional courses during his army career. He is a graduate of the School of Infantry, Quetta, Pakistan, the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.


Olurin enrolled into the Nigerian Army in 1967 as an officer cadet of the 3rd Regular Course where he obtained his NDACE (Nigerian Defence Academic of Education) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army in March, 1970. He became the Brigade Battalion in Kainji in 1973 and was the Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

He was Deputy Defence Adviser to the Nigerian High Commission in India (1975–1978) with the rank of major. After attending Staff College in 1978, he was deployed to the United Nations Peace Keeping Operation in Lebanon, where he commanded the Nigerian troops in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). His battalion was deployed between the Palestinian and Israeli forces. In 1981, as General Staff Officer Operations at Army Headquarters, he mobilized the OAU peacekeeping force in Chad. This force included troops from Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya and Zaire. Also in 1981, he conducted operations in Kano to suppress rebels led by religious fundamentalist.

At the time of the August 1985 coup, when Major General Muhammadu Buhari was deposed and replaced by Brigadier Ibrahim Babangida, Lt. Col. Tunji Olurin was Commander of the 1st Mechanized Brigade, Minna. He was “aware” but not “active” in the coup. After the coup, he was appointed the Military Governor of Oyo State (1985–1988). During his tenure as governor, he was a member of the National Council of States. In 1987 he set up a committee that in 1988 recommended establishment of what became the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.

In 1990, Olurin became the General officer commanding the 3rd Armoured Division in Jos and a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council. He served as a Field Commander in the ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia from December 1992 to September 1993, when he was relieved by Brigadier General John Nanzip Shagaya. He used his trusted relationship with the Nigerian head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida, to obtain more troops for the mission, and by January 1993 had 16,000 troops under his command of whom 12,000 were Nigerian. Olurin was determined to force Charles Taylor onto the defensive. His aggressive tactics were militarily successful, forcing the NPFL to open negotiations by July 1993, although he was accused of showing favoritism to certain Liberian political groups.


On March 9, 2002, Tunji Olurin was elected as the President of the Yewa Group (YG), formed to develop Yewaland in Ogun State.

On 26 September 2006 the Ekiti State House of Assembly impeached the governor, Ayodele Fayose and his deputy Abiodun Christine Olujimi, alleging gross misconduct. On October 19, 2006, President Olusegun Obasanjo declared a State of Emergency in Ekiti State and suspended the governor, deputy governor and House of Assembly of the state. He appointed Tunji Olurin, as “Sole Administrator” on Ekiti State. The State of Emergency was ratified by the National Assembly on October 26. Soon after being appointed, Olurin dissolved the local government councils, who were under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating of about 7.3 billion naira.

In March 2007, Tunji Olurin ordered the Ekiti State radio and television stations not to broadcast programs of the Action Congress (AC) candidate for the state governorship, Kayode Fayemi, while allowing broadcasts by the PDP. Olurin remained in charge until he was replaced by Tope Ademiluyi on April 27, 2007. He has since remained in political oblivion following his loss at the Ogun State Governorship Election in 2011.


Olurin has lectured on peacekeeping at the International Peace Academy, the National War College, and United Nations seminars in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. In 2006, he was appointed the Chancellor of the First University of Education in Nigeria, TASUED by Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State.

Olurin has been the recipient of many honours including the United Nations Peace Medal and the Knight Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption (KCHOAR), Liberia’s highest national honour award. He is an honorary paramount chief of the Republic of Liberia.

 7.  Major General (retired) ADEDEJI SASAENIA ORESANYA was a Nigerian officer who was Military Governor of Oyo State from July 1988 to August 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.


In office 27 July 1988 – August 1990 Preceded by Adetunji Idowu Olurin Succeeded by Abdulkareem Adisa

Colonel Oresanya signed the Edict establishing the Oyo State University of Technology, later renamed the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, on 23 April 1990.

 9.  Chief KOLAPO OLAWUYI ISHOLA (June 1934 – August 9, 2011) was a Nigerian politician who was elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform as Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, holding office between January 1992 and November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic.


In office 2 January 1992 – 17 November 1993 Preceded by Abdulkareem Adisa Succeeded by Adetoye Oyetola Sode


Born: June 1934

Died: 9 August 2011 aged 77

Ishola started work as a Survey Assistant in the Ministry of Lands, (1956–1959), then as Building Inspector with the Ibadan Municipal Government (1959–1960). He also worked as Land Surveyor with the Federal government. He studied in London and became an associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In 1969 he was awarded the Nigerian Surveyors Licence Certificate.

Ishola was elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform as Governor of Oyo State in December 1991, taking office on 2 January 1992. On 3 September 1992 Ishola formally established the Oyo state post-primary schools teaching service commission. He founded the School of Science, Pade, which was abandoned by the subsequent military government. Ishola left office on 17 November 1993 when General Sani Abacha assumed power.

Kolapo Olawuyi Ishola died in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in Ibadan, South West Nigeria, aged 77.

10.  LAMIDI ONA-OLAPO ADESINA (20 January 1939 – 11 November 2012) was an educator who became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria on 29 May 1999 as a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party.


In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003 Preceded by Amen Edore Oyakhire Succeeded by Rasheed Ladoja


Born: 20 January 1939 Ibadan, Nigeria

Died: 11 November 2012 (aged 73)


Adesina was born on 20 January 1939. He attended Loyola College, Ibadan. then studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1961–1965 and obtained a BA (Hons) in History. Later he attended the University of Ibadan in 1971 and obtained a PGDE.


Lam Adesina was an educator. He was a teacher at Lagelu Grammar School Ibadan where he taught History, English and Literature. Among his students at the school was Abiola Ajimobi, who would later become the Governor of Oyo State. He rose through the ranks and assume the role of school administrator (principal). Lam later worked in private educational institutions and established a bookshop before entering politics. Lam Adesina was also a popular newspaper columnist. His writings under the “search continues column” in the Nigerian Tribune were uncomfortable for successive military regimes and he was detained several times.


Lam Adesina was elected to the federal house of representative for Ibadan south 1 constituency in 1979 under the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria established by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.[citation needed] He returned to private business after the military took over in 1983.[citation needed] Lam was elected to the constituent assembly in 1988. Lam Adesina was a leader of the National Democratic Coalition popularly known as NADECO in Oyo State, 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 who won the presidential elections and was later detained In 1998, Lam Adesina was arrested by the military government of Abacha along with other activists, imprisoned and tagged a “prisoner of war”.


Lam Adesina was a sponsor of Abiola Ajimobi in his bid to be elected to the senate for Oyo South in 2003. Later the two men fell apart, and Ajimobi moved to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), but in October 2009, Ajimobi returned to the Action Congress of Nigeria under the leadership of Lam Adesina in Oyo State the two were reconciled. Lam Adesina supported Ajimobi and campaigned for his election as the Governor of Oyo state under the Platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria in 2011.


Lam Adesina died on 11 November 2012 at the private St. Nicholas Hospital on Lagos Island. It was thought that the cause was related to diabetes, from which he had suffered for some time.[10] He was buried at his Felele residence according to Islamic rites.

11. RASHIDI ADEWOLU LADOJA (born 25 September 1944) is a businessman who became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria on 29 May 2003 as a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was impeached in January 2006, but reinstated in December 2006. His term ended in 2007. Ladoja became a member of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in December 2018.


In office 29 May 2003 – 12 January 2006 Preceded by Lam Adesina Succeeded by Christopher Alao-Akala


In office 12 December 2006 – 29 May 2007 Preceded by Christopher Alao-Akala Succeeded by Christopher Alao-Akala


Born: 25 September 1944

POLITICAL PARTY: Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)


Ladoja was born on 25 September 1944 in Gambari village near Ibadan. He attended Ibadan Boys High School (1958–1963) and Olivet Baptist High School (1964–1965). He studied at the University of Liège, Belgium (1966–1972) where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained a job with Total Nigeria, an oil company, where he worked for 13 years in various positions before entering private business in 1985. His business interests include Shipping, Manufacturing, Banking, Agriculture and Transportation. He was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in 1993 during the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic, he was a member of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during the Abacha Political Transition. By 2000, Ladoja had become a director of Standard Trust Bank Limited.


Ladoja was elected governor of Oyo State in April 2003 on the PDP platform, and took office on 29 May 2003.[1] He was supported by Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, a PDP power broker in the state. By August 2004, Ladoja and Adedibu were locked in a fierce struggle over allocation of government appointees. Ladoja was not supported by the party in this dispute. In an interview in late 2005, the PDP national chairman, Ahmadu Ali, said that Ladoja should take instructions from Lamidi Adedibu.

On 12 January 2006, Ladoja was impeached by Oyo State legislators and forced out of office. His deputy, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, was sworn in as the new governor. On 1 November 2006, the Appeal Court in the state capital, Ibadan, declared the impeachment null and illegal, but advised waiting for confirmation of this decision by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court upheld the decision on 11 November 2009, and Ladajo officially resumed office on 12 December 2006. Anti-riot police were deployed along the main roads leading to the main government offices to prevent violence from supporters of Adebayo Alao-Akala and Lamidi Adedibu during his reinstatement.

Ladoja failed to win the PDP nomination as candidate for a second term. He chose to back the Action Congress candidates for 33 local council chairmanship elections. The PDP refused to participate in the elections. As a result, the Action Congress (AC) won 26 seats and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) won seven. However, his successor as governor, his former deputy and former acting governor Christopher Adebayo Akala, sacked the council chairmen shortly after taking office and replaced them with PDP supporters.


On 28 August 2008, Ladoja was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of non-remittance of the proceeds of sale of government shares totaling N1.9 billion during his administration. He was briefly remanded in prison by the Federal High Court in Lagos on 30 August 2008. He was granted bail on 5 September, in the amount of 100 million naira with two sureties for the same sum.In March 2009, a former aide testified on the way on which the share money had been divided between Ladoja’s family, bodyguard, senior politicians and lawyers.

Ladoja was the governorship candidate for Accord party in Oyo State during the April 2011 and 2015 elections, he lost to Senator Abiola Ajimobi. He later merged his Accord Party into PDP in 2017. Dispute in PDP made him and other allies (from Labour Party, All Progressives Congress APC etc.) to move over African Democratic Congress (ADC) in 2018. After a brief sojourn in ADC which proved to be a marriage of strange bedfellows, Ladoja with his followers moved to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in December 2018.

12. CHRISTOPHER ADEBAYO ALAO-AKALA (born 3 June 1950) is a Nigerian politician and former police officer. Akala is a former governor of Oyo State, Nigeria and was a candidate of the ADP in 2019.


In office 12 January 2006 – 12 December 2006 Preceded by Rasheed Ladoja Succeeded by Abiola Ajimobi


In office 29 May 2007 – 29 May 2011 Preceded by Rasheed Ladoja  Succeeded by Abiola Ajimobi


Born 3 June 1950 Ogbomoso, Oyo, Nigeria

POLITICAL PARTY: All Progressive Congress(APC)

EARLY YEARS         

Born on the 3rd of June 1950, at Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alao-Akala had his elementary school at Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso. Alao-Akala proceeded to the Kamina Barracks Middle School, 5th Battalion of Infantry Tamale, Ghana.[1] Passed Staff College (Psc) 1990, Diploma in Business Administration (1998), Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) Honoris Causa, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2006), Doctor of Science (Political Science) Honoris Causa, Lead City University, Ibadan (2008).

Christopher Alao-Akala was enlisted as Cadet Inspector of Police in June 1974 at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja. He was recommended for overseas training at the Metropolitan Police Training School, Peel Centre, Hendon, London. He has also attended the Administrative Staff College, Topo, Badagry; the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos; Police Staff College, Jos; Command and Staff College, Jaji. Otunba Alao-Akala has participated as a Nigerian delegate at two INTERPOL Conferences in Nice, France and Malaga, Spain.


From the position of Station Officer in the Nigeria Police, he became Administrative Officer, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Lagos. He later rose to the position of Operations Officer, FEDOPS, Lagos. He became the Personal Assistant to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police and subsequently the ADC to the Inspector-General of Police.

Alao-Akala held several command positions in the Police Force. He was O/C Advanced Training Wing, Police College, Ikeja; Divisional Police Officer, Bode Thomas, Lagos; Divisional Police Officer, Iponri Police Station, Lagos; Railway Divisional Police Officer, Nigeria Railways, Ebutte Meta, Lagos; Area Commander, Western District, Nigeria Railway Police, Ibadan; CSP Admin. Gongola State Command, Yola; CSP Admin. Kwara State Command, Ilorin; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Agodi Area Command, Ibadan, Oyo State Police Command, Ibadan. In September 1995, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo retired from the Nigeria Police as Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Logistics and Supply, Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan. Besides public service, Dr. Alao-Akala is a businessman. He is the founder and chairman of TDB Global Ventures and Parrot FM radio station, both in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.


Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala started his political career as a member of New Dimension. He participated in the zero-party local government election of 1996 and later co-founded the UNP before its fusion with UNC to form UNCP. He participated in the Ogbomoso Federal Constituency (One) primary election of the UNCP in 1997. He contested and won the chairmanship seat of the Ogbomoso North Local Government along with seven councilors under the platform of APP in 1998. He was elected vice-chairman of ALGON, Oyo State Chapter between 1999 and 2002. Alao-Akala founded the Ogbomoso Unity Forum, a political association which later joined the PDP. He was the Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government from 1999 to 2002.

Alao-Akala served as the Deputy Governor of Oyo State from May 2003 to January 2006. Following the impeachment of then incumbent Governor (Rashidi Ladoja), Alao-Akala was sworn into office in January 2006 and served for 11 months. In December 2006, the impeachment was overturned by the Supreme Court and Rashidi Ladoja was reinstated. Alao-Akala contested and won the gubernatorial election in 2007 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and became the Executive Governor of Oyo state, serving a full term till May 2011.

On 8 December 2014, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala defected to the Labour Party in Oyo State from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 10 December 2014, he formally declared his intention to re-contest in the gubernatorial election of Oyo State on the platform of the Labour Party in the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria. During his declaration of intent, all other party gubernatorial aspirants stepped down for him, thereby making him emerge as the Labour party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in Oyo State. On 16 December 2017, he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a huge ceremony in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.

In October 2018, Alao-Akala defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) where he won the gubernatorial ticket to contest for the office of Governor of Oyo state in the 2019 general elections. After the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assemblies Elections, Akala defected back to the All Progressive Congress, thereby stepping down in the race to become Governor of Oyo state under the Platform of the Action Democratic Party.


Alao-Akala is married and has seven children. ] Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala is a polyglot. Alao-Akala speaks English, Yoruba, Hausa and Ghanaian languages (Twi, Fanti and Dagbani) fluently.

13. ISIAKA ABIOLA AJIMOBI (was born 16 December 1949) is a Nigerian politician from Oyo State, south-western Nigeria. He was formerly the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria. He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years, and was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost. He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.


In office 29 May 2011 – 29 May 2019 Preceded by Christopher Alao-Akala Succeeded by Oluwaseyi Makinde


In office May 2004 – May 2007 Preceded by Peter Olawuyi Succeeded by Kamorudeen Adekunle Adedibu


Born: 16 December 1949 (age 70)  Oja’ba, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Died: 25th June, 2020

POLITICAL PARTY:All Progressives Congress (APC)


Abiola Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region. His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region. He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. As a high school student he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school’s games prefect.

Ajimobi university education was in the United States of America, where he studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His MBA was in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.


In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children. His first daughter is Abisola Kola-Daisi.


In 2003, Ajimobi became a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria. Ajimobi was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority leader of the Senate. In 2007, Ajimobi contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.

Ajimobi contested for a second term in an election that took place on April 11, 2015. Ajimobi contested under the All Progressive Congress for re-election against two of his predecessors in office, Christopher Alao Akala and Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja. In the event of his re-election into office as the Governor, Ajimobi is the first person to occupy the seat twice and as well in succession. He was declared the winner of the Oyo State gubernatorial election by the Independent Electoral Commission.

Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018. On March 9, 2019, Ajimobi lost the Oyo South senatorial district seat to People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria) Kola Balogun.

14. OLUSEYI ABIODUN MAKINDE (born 25 December 1967) is a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is the governor of Oyo State in South-western Nigeria. He is an engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and gas metering. Until August 2018, he was the Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria. He established his first oil and gas private business called Makon Engineering and Technical Services, (METS) at the age of 29 in the year 1997, after earning years of work experience with international oil and gas companies.



Assumed office May 29, 2019 Preceded by Abiola Ajimobi


Born:December 25, 1967 (age 52) Ibadan


POLITICAL PARTY: People’s Democratic Party

SPOUSE(s): Tamunominini Makinde

CHILDREN: Three (3)

MOTHER: Abigail Makinde

FATHER: Olatubosun Makinde

EDUCATION: University of Lagos

OCCUPATION: Politician, Engineer

KNOWN FOR; Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited

Makinde contested for the Oyo State 2015 gubernatorial seat on the platform Social Democratic Party (SDP).


Makinde was born to a renowned teacher turned accountant, late Pa Olatubosun Makinde and Madam Abigail Makinde of Aigbofa Compound in Oja’ba, Ibadan. He is the third child of the family.

Makinde began his education at St Paul Primary School and completed his primary education at St Michael Primary School, Yemetu, Ibadan. His secondary education was at Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan, Ibadan. In 1985, he gained admission to the University of Lagos (Unilag) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

In 1998, Oluwaseyi trained at Industrial Control Services in Houston, Texas on Safety Shutdown System; and Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University) in 1999. In 2000, he had training in automation. In 2002, he studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent, England. Also, in 2005, he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.


Makinde did his national service (NYSC) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria, where he was later engaged as a pupil engineer. He served in different capacities; handling and partaking in several key projects between 1990 and 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked as a field Engineer (Eket operations) for Rebold International Limited and in 1995, he was appointed as Field Manager in the same company.

In 1997, Makinde established his first business, Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (METS), after working for five years (1992-1997) with various international oil and gas companies, as the engineering manager. Until August 2018, he was the Group Managing Director of Makon Group of companies.

Makinde is a member of national and international professional bodies notably: Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN), Oil and Gas Design Engineers of Nigeria (OGDEN), International Society of Automation (ISA), Institute of Measurement and Control UK; and American Measurement Institute (AMI).


In 2007, Makinde contested for the Oyo South Senatorial seat under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost to the People’s Democratic Party candidate- Kamoru Adedibu.[10] Makinde remained undeterred by his first failed attempt and in 2010, under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, he aspired for the Oyo South 2011 Senatorial seat but lost the primary to the incumbent Oyo South Senator.

In 2014, Makinde aimed for the Oyo State 2015 governorship ticket under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In December 2014, upon the conclusion of the party’s primary election, he was denied the governorship nomination ticket. Makinde however, remained true to his ambition and defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), under which platform he contested for the Oyo State 2015 SDP gubernatorial candidate, but lost out in the end.

In September 2017, the Caretaker National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi visited him in Ibadan and following extensive, deep and wide consultations with National Leaders, Oyo State leaders and elders of the Social Democratic Party, and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde returned to his former political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He maintained that joining the PDP was not for personal gains but for the development of the State by finding lasting solutions to the array of problems facing the State. On September 29, 2018, Makinde emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections for Oyo State, after polling 2772 votes at the primary election that took place at Liberty stadium, Oke Ado in Ibadan.

Seyi Makinde was elected into the Office of the Governor of Oyo State at the 2019 Gubernatorial elections for Oyo State which held on March 9, 2019. He polled 515, 621 votes defeating his closest rival, Mr Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 357,982 votes.

Makinde was sworn in as the 28th executive Governor of Oyo State on 29 May 2019. He took over from Senator Abiola Ajimobi after the latter’s eight years in office.


° Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council)- Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award.

° National Association of Oke-Ogun Students (Ibadan)- Merit Award.

° Fiditi Grammar School (Oyo State)- Old Student Merit Award in appreciation to the commitment, dedication and service to the association and humanity.

° Junior Chamber International (JCI) University of Calabar Chapter- Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

° Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Oyo State Chapter)- Gold Merit Award for immense and invaluable contribution to sports development.

° Nigerian Association of Social Workers Merit Awards (Oyo State Chapter)-Philanthropic gestures and contribution to Social Care Delivery Services.

° CCII National Merit Award.

° Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Ibadan)- awarded Seyi “Astute Politician of the Year 2018” for his resilience with which he had continued to assist the less privileged in the society.


Makinde lives in Ibadan, Oyo State. He is married to Ominini, and they have three children.

On March 30, 2020, Makinde announced via his social media accounts that he had tested positive for COVID-19. On April 5, 2020, he revealed that he had received his second negative test result for COVID-19 and was now free of the virus.


 1. ABDULKAREEM ADISA was a Nigerian Major General who was military governor of Oyo State (August 1990 – January 1992) during the military regime of Major-General Ibrahim Babangida. He was convicted for involvement in an attempted coup against military head of state General Sani Abacha in 1997, and was on death row when Abacha died in June 1998. He was subsequently pardoned.


In office August 1990 – January 1992 Preceded by Colonel Sasaenia Oresanya Succeeded by Chief Kolapo Olawuyi Ishola


Died: February 2005


MILITARY SERVICE Allegiance: Nigeria Branch/service:  Nigerian Army

Rank: Major General


Abdulkareem Adisa was born in Ilorin, now in Kwara State. As a Lieutenant during the Nigerian Civil War, he was captured by Biafran forces in August 1967, and was detained until January 1970.

Abdulkareem Adisa was appointed military governor of Oyo State in August 1990 by the head of state, Major-General Ibrahim Babangida, holding office until January 1992. While governor of Oyo State, Adisa erected a statue of the unknown soldier in front of government house, Ibadan. This statue was destroyed and replaced with a statue of Obafemi Awolowo by Governor Lam Adeshina. The second statue was pulled down a few days after Governor Adeshina left office.


General Sani Abacha, who became head of state in November 1993, appointed him Minister of Works and Housing. He investigated the conduct of his predecessor at the ministry, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, and absolved him of any wrongdoing. He continued the National Housing Policy initiated by Lateef Jakande, which planned to build affordable units across Nigeria, but more than doubled the price of each type of house. During his term of office, deposits for the houses were used to award contracts for infrastructure to the sites. As a result, many years later a considerable number of depositors had not got houses or refunds of their deposits.

Adisa directed that the Federal School of Surveying should channel the evolution from analogue to digital methods.


In December 1997, Abdulkareem Adisa was arrested on charges of participating in a coup attempt against General Sani Abacha, along with Lt-General Oladipo Diya, Major-General Tajudeen Olanrewaju and others. He was tried and found guilty on 28 April 1998. In June 1998, he was on death row when Abacha died suddenly. In March 1999, Nigeria’s outgoing military government granted state pardons to Adisa and the others convicted of the coup attempt.


After the return to democracy in 1999, Adisa ventured into publishing with a paper The People’s Advocate based in Ilorin. The paper was the target of a N250 million libel action from the Kwara State Governor, Mohammed Lawal, which was later withdrawn.

In 2003, Adisa said he would not accept a pardon from President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had himself participated in a coup attempt in 1995. In April 2004, he was active in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State. One PDP group suspended the Minister of State for Women Affairs, Miss Funke Adedoyin, but another group of PDP elders, led by Adisa, voided Adedoyin’s suspension.  Adisa also became vice-chairman of the Kwara Progressive Movement (KPM).

Adisa was leader of a movement to elect General Ibrahim Babangida as president in 2007. He published an attack on the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in The Guardian of 28 April 2004, warning the group not to try to prevent the Babangida’s presidential election. He said the Yoruba would vote for Ibrahim Babangida despite his role in annulling the 12 June 1993 presidential election won by the Chief MKO Abiola.

Adisa died in a London hospital in February 2005 from injuries sustained in a car accident. His body was returned for burial in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on 27 February 2005, in a ceremony attended by many prominent people including three former state governors and former General Ibrahim Babangida.[18] On 23 June 2009, President Umaru Yar’Adua granted a presidential pardon to Abdulkareem Adisa and others convicted of treason for the Sani Abacha coup attempts.

 2.  ADETOYE OYETOLA SODE is a retired Rear Admiral of the Nigerian Navy and the Military Administrator of Oyo State, Nigeria from December 1993 to September 1994 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.


In office 9 December 1993 – 14 September 1994 Preceded by Kolapo Olawuyi Ishola Succeeded by Chinyere Ike Nwosu

Sode gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.  He became a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, and worked in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Power before enlisting in the Nigerian Navy. He attended the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, Plymouth, England for a course in Marine Engineering, then served as Engineering Officer in various naval vessels and also commanded the Naval Shipyard in Port Harcourt.

Navy Captain Adetoye Sode was posted to Oyo State as Military Administrator on 9 December 1993. He was criticized for not including enough Muslims in his cabinet and for allowing Christian religious activity in schools. Sode responded by imposing a statewide ban on religious activities, precipitating a minor crisis.

Sode was awarded the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 1998. He became Commander of the Fleet Maintenance Corps before his retirement in June 1999. After retiring from active service Sode established a Marine Engineering Consultancy company, Sabita Nigeria. He was appointed to the board of directors of other companies including Intercontinental Engineering & Homes Development (construction and real estate development), ScanHomes Nigeria (construction), Lottoj Oil and Gas (marine fuel logistics and petroleum products) and Eterna Plc (petroleum products manufacturing and distribution).

 3.  Brigadier General Chinyere Ike Nwosu (born November 21, 1946) was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Abia State (December 1993 – September 1994) and then of Oyo State (September 1994 – August 1996) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.


In office 9 December 1993 – 14 September 1994  Preceded by Ogbonnaya Onu Succeeded by Temi Ejoore


In office 14 September 1994 – 22 August 1996 Preceded by Adetoye Oyetola Sode

Succeeded by Ahmed Usman


Born: November 21, 1946

As Abia State governor, he was described as a very controversial administrator given to whimsical actions. In 1993, his wife Chinyere Nwosu established the Abia Less Privileged Organisation (ALPO), to assist women in gaining accommodation and skills.

As governor of Oyo State, he upset the power balance of the traditional rulers by making the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, permanent chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas. Before then, the position had rotated between the three Obas. In March 1995 he ordered motorists and taxi passengers from their vehicles at the Egebda taxi and lorry motor park in Ibadan for violating the Oyo “Sanitation Day” exercise. His mobile court fined scores of travelers, and forced them to kneel in the hot sun. On April 25, Nwosu’s aides attacked a bank manager in Ibadan after the banker’s car almost collided with Nwosu’s convoy, beating the man unconscious with rifle butts.

In response to a strike threat, in February 1995 Ike Nwosu ordered the closure of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, and sacked the entire work force of the corporation.The September 1996 issues of Nigerian news magazines, Tell and This Week claimed that Ike Nwosu “spent 16.875 million naira ($214,000) on himself between March 1995 and March 1996

 4.  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.


In office September 1994 – August 1996 Preceded by Mike Torey Succeeded by Anthony Onyearugbulem


In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998 Preceded by Chinyere Ike Nwosu Succeeded by Amen Edore Oyakhire


Born 1951


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.


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.

 5.  Prince AMEN EDORE OYAKHIRE was the Military Administrator of Taraba State, Nigeria between August 1996 and August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He was then administrator of Oyo State during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over to the elected civilian governor Lam Onaolapo Adesina in May 1999 at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic.


In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998 Preceded by Yohanna Dickson  Succeeded by Aina Owoniyi


In office 16 August 1998 – 28 May 1999 Preceded by Ahmed Usman Succeeded by Lam Onaolapo Adesina


Oyakhire was a commissioner of police, later an Assistant Inspector General (AIG). He was the Police Commissioner, Plateau State Command before being appoint administrator of Taraba State.

In Taraba State, Oyakhire had to deal with hostilities between the Kuteb and Chamba and Jukun ethnic groups. In October 1997 he sent a paper called Comprehensive brief on the Chieftaincy Stool of Takum Chiefdom Taraba State to the Armed Forces Ruling Council. That month seven people were killed and seven houses razed in communal violence, and 31 people were arrested. Oyakhire said anyone suspected of involvement in the communal violence would be treated as detractors of the transition to civil rule. In 1998 the Taraba State Government also set up a Peace Committee which managed to negotiate a temporary peace between the ethnic groups.

Shortly before the handover to civilian government in May 1999, Oyakhire told a U.S. Embassy observer team that “Power is to be handed over to credible people who have the fear of God in their hearts, and this will ensure the stability of the nation”.


Oyakhire was made to retire in June 1999 along with all other governors in the previous military regime. In August 1999 the Oyo State government asked the army to help recover property allegedly stolen by Oyakhire and his aides, including vehicles and electronic gadgets. The request was refused.

In December 1999 Oyakhire’s house in Lagos was raided by armed robbers who stole property worth several million naira. An article on witchcraft published in The Daily Independent reported that 27 people were killed in Ozalla, Edo State on 4 November 2004. The article said the Ozalla massacre was triggered by a letter from Oyakhire blaming witches in the community for his inability to afford a suitable home in the town, for non-payment of his police pension and for insanity among his children.


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