Brigadier General Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha (rtd) was first administrator of Akwa Ibom State during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He later was elected senator for Kogi West Senatorial constituency when Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999. A very signifiicant force and figure in Kogi State politics.
General Ogbeha was born in Lokoja, Kogi State in 1947. He After attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria where he obtained a Nigerian Defense Academy diploma. He also attended The Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru in 1970.
Tunde Ogbeha was Commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1970. He was involved in the military coup wherby Major-General Muhammadu Buhar replaced the democratically elected President Shehu Shagari was replaced by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari in December 1983.
He was appointed ambassador to Equatorial Guinea by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1985. He became the first military governor Akwa Ibom State in 1987. In 1988, he was appointed military governor of the old Bendel State (Now Delta and Edo States). When General Babangida stepped down from power in 1993, he retired as a Brigadier-General.
He was elected to represent Kogi West on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) In the April 1999 elections. In 2003, Tunde reelected to the Senate in April 2003 for another four year term and was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Water Resources.
In 2007 he chose not to run for another term in 2007 and the retired from public service. He became the Chairman of the Confluence Cable Network, Kogi State’s first private broadcasting station.
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua appointed Tunde Ogbeha to the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, representing the non-oil-producing North Central region In July 2009.
Currently he is in the board of directors of several big establishments in Kogi State and other parts of Nigeria.