Gbenga Daniel (born 6 April 1956) is a Nigerian politician,and Governor of Ogun State of Nigeria since 29 May 2003 – May 2011.. He is a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the owner of the Nigerian Compass, a daily newspaper.
Daniel was born on the 6th April, 1956. He attended the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta from 1969 to 1973, followed by studies at the Polytechnic, Ibadan, and the School of Engineering of the University of Lagos. His decision to study engineering was influenced by the brilliant engineer and teacher Ayodele Awojobi. Daniel spent much time with Awojobi, and was a winner on his television quiz show “Mastermind”.
Daniel became a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He obtained a job with Schrouder (W.A.) Limited, Lagos, rising to Deputy Managing Director. In 1990 he founded Kresta Laurel, an engineering firm specializing in elevators, overhead travelling cranes and hoists.
Segun Osoba (born 1941), educated at Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos between 1956 and 1960, was elected governor of Ogun State in January 1992 on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform, and was removed from office by the administration of General Sani Abacha in November 1993. After the return to democracy in 1999, he was elected again as governor on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform, holding office between May 1999 and May 2003. Since the completion of his second period of service in 2003, he has come to be referred to in the Nigerian popular press as Aremo due to his holding of the aristocratic title of Aremo Awujale of the Ijebus, though he also serves as a titled chieftain of the Egba clan as well.
Segun Osoba started a career in journalism in the 1960s, rising through the ranks to become Editor and Managing Director of the Daily Times of Nigeria. At one time he was the Managing Director of Sketch Newspaper.
In October 2004 he was picked up by the police in Lagos in connection with an attack by students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, on then Governor Oloye Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State. He was later released on bail.
Olusegun Osoba was elected governor of Ogun State in January 1992 on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform, and was removed from office by the administration of General Sani Abacha in November 1993. After the return to democracy in 1999, he was elected again as governor on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform, holding office between May 1999 and May 2003
Navy Captain Kayode Olofin-Moyin was appointed Military Administrator of Ogun State, Nigeria from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over power to the elected governor Olusegun Osoba at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic. He built a new Governors Lodge for Ogun State, opened on 27 April 1999 just before the handover to the civilian governor.
In November 2002 his house in Victoria Island, Lagos was gutted and destroyed by fire. In April 2008 when arriving at London, Heathrow airport Olofin-Moyin was suspected of carrying drugs, and was arrested and detained for two days at the airport before being released.
Group Captain Sam Ewang was appointed Military Administrator of Ogun State, Nigeria from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, and then Administrator of Rivers State until May 1999 handing over power to the elected governor Peter Odili at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic.
Ewang ran for governor of Akwa Ibom in April 2007 on the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) platform. After the election he accused the People’s Democratic Party PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of rigging the results. In November 2007, the ANPP declared that the purported suspension of Ewang, its governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom State in the 2007 general elections, was illegal.
In a June 2009 interview, Ewang held the present government of Akwa Ibom responsible for the recent spate of kidnappings, robbery and hired killings, accusing government agents of being involved. In February 2010, Chris Nyong Ekong, former commissioner for youths and sports in Akwa Ibom, was arraigned for kidnap, conspiracy and murder. There had been a series of recent kidnappings. Ewang alleged that prominent Ibibio people were being targeted.
Ewang is one of the leaders of the National Democratic Movement (NDM). In January 2010 the NDM was involved in talks with the “mega party” being planned by Mohammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Olu Falae, Bola Tinubu and Anthony Enahoro, with the purpose of defining a common platform to oppose the PDP. Ewang was appointed to an integration committee that also included Olu Falae, Balarabe Musa, Pat Utomi and Arthur Nwakwo, charged with ensuring the full coalition of all the parties and eminent stakeholders.
ColonelÂ Daniel Akintonde was appointed Military Governor ofÂ Ogun State,Â Nigeria from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of GeneralÂ Sani Abacha.
In 1994 Akintonde renamed the Ogun State College of Education to theÂ Tai Solarin College of Education in honor of the late doctorÂ Tai Solarin. Akintonde was among those arrested for involvement in the December 1997 alleged coup. On 20 April 1998 it was announced that he had been cleared of the charges.
He was retired from the military in June 1999, along with all officers who had served as ministers, governors or administrators during the Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar regimes. In August 1999 the Ogun State House of Assembly summoned Akintonde to answer questions about some contracts awarded during his tenure. Reporters were barred from the hearing.
Navy Captain (later Rear Admiral) Oladeinde Joseph was military governor of Ogun State, Nigeria between August 1990 and January 1992 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida, handing over power to the elected civilian governor Segun Osoba. He was instrumental in establishing the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta. Other construction in Abeokuta during his administration included the South-West Resource Centre and the Abeokuta Golf Course.
Rear Admiral (rtd) Mohammed Alabi Lawal was a Nigerian naval officer who was Military Governor of Ogun State between December 1987 and August 1990.
Rear Admiral (rtd) Mohammed Alabi Lawal (1946 – 15 November 2006) was a Nigerian naval officer who was military governor of Ogun State between December 1987 and August 1990 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida. After the return to democracy in 1999 he was elected governor of Kwara State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003.
In the April 1999 elections Mohammed Lawal was elected governor of Kwara State under the umbrella of the All Nigeria People’s Party(ANPP). He was said to be a protégé of Senator Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. Saraki later moved to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).
Lawal initiated a N250 million libel action action against a paper The People’s Advocate based in Ilorin, published by Abdulkareem Adisa but later withdrew the suit after the two men were reconciled.
In the 2003 elections he ran again for governor but his previous supporter Abubakar Saraki backed his son Bukola Saraki as candidate for governor of Kwara state and his daughter Gbemisola R. Saraki as senator for Kwara State Central, both of whom were elected.
In October 2006 it was reported that Nuhu Ribadu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was investigating Muhammed Lawal for alleged diversion of funds.
Mohammed Lawal died in a London hospital after a brief illness in November 2006.
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.
Oladayo Popoola was born on February 26, 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 L.L.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.
Donaldson Oladipo Diya (born 3 April 1944) is a retired Lt. General in the Nigerian Army. He was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985. As Chief of the General Staff, he was the de facto Vice President of Nigeria during the Sani Abacha military junta
Donaldson Oladipo Diya was born on 3 April 1944 at Odogbolu, Ogun State, then Western Region, Nigeria. He was educated at the Methodist Primary School, Lagos, the Odogbolu Grammar School, and then at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. While serving in the military, Diya studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Oladipo Diya became Commander 31, Airborne Brigade. He was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985. He became General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigeria Army in 1985. General Oladipo Diya was Commandant, National War college (1991–1993) and then was appointed as Chief of Defence Staff. He was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1993 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.
Victor Olabisi Onabanjo (1927–1990) was governor of Ogun State in Nigeria from October 1979 – December 1983, during the Nigerian Second Republic. He was of Ijebu extraction.
Oloye Victor Olabisi Onabanjo was born in 1927 in Lagos. He was educated in Lagos and at the Regent Street Polytechnic in the United Kingdom, where he studied journalism between 1950 and 1951. He worked as a journalist for several years before becoming a full time politician. His column Aiyekooto (parrot – known for telling the plain truth) appeared in the Daily Service and Daily Express newspapers between 1954 and 1962.
Olabisi Onabanjo was elected chairman of the Ijebu Ode Local Government Area in 1977 under the tutelage of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He was elected governor of Ogun State in October 1979 on the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) platform. He was known as an unpretentious and plain-speaking man, and his administration of Ogun State was considered a model at the time and later.
On May 13, 1982 he commissioned Ogun Television. The Ogun State University, founded on 7 July 1982 was renamed Olabisi Onabanjo University on May 29, 2001 in his memory. He established the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, but General Oladipo Diya who became military governor in 1983 closed the school down, only to be re-opened after the return to democracy in 1999.
Brigadier General Harris Otadafevwerha Deodemise Eghagha was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria from July 1978 to October 1979 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, handing over power to the elected governor Olabisi Onabanjo at the start of the Nigerian Second Republic.
Eghagha was born on 8 March 1934 in Mureje, Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State.
Eghagha played a minor role in the January 1966 coup that overthrew the Nigerian First Republic and brought in the military regime of Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, as a second lieutenant in charge of a roadblock in Kaduna. His achievements while governor of Ogun State included building the legislative quarters and the road network in Abeokuta, the state capital. He built and commissioned the Ogun State Hotel, Abeokuta, established industrial estates throughout the State and founded the Ogun State Polytechnic (nowMoshood Abiola Polytechnic) in Abeokuta. He also served as Acting Governor of Sokoto and Kwara States, and was Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana.
Brigadier Harris Eghagha died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on 19 March 2009, aged 75.
Saidu Ayodele Balogun
Major General (retired) Saidu Ayodele Balogun was appointed the first Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria after it was formed from part of the old Western State in March 1976, holding office until July 1978 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.
Balogun was an Infantry Brigade commander at the time of the coup in July 1975 when General Yakubu Gowon was ousted by generalMurtala Mohammed. When appointed governor of the newly created Ogun State by Murtala Mohammed’s successor, Olusegun Obasanjo, he faced various problems such as finding accommodation for government workers, who at first had to commute from Ibadanin the new Oyo State to Abeokuta, although by the end of his term of office most had found local accommodations. The Government offices were mostly rented at first. He established the Ogun State School of Health Technology Ilese-Ijebu, at first on a temporary site.