Ita David Ikpeme

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Ita David Ikpeme
Military Governor of Ondo State
In office
3 February 1976 – 24 July 1978
Preceded byDavid Jemibewon
(Western State)
Succeeded bySunday Tuoyo

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.[1]

Ita David Ikpeme obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London.[2]

During his tenure as Governor of Ondo State, he initiated road construction in Akure, the Ondo State capital.[3]

In December 1985 he was named as a suspect in a coup plot against the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.[4]

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.[5] In 2009, he was on the board of directors of Ekondo Microfinance Bank.[2] He was chairman of Davandy Finance & Securities Ltd, a financial service company incorporated in 1997.[6] 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.[7]

His wife, Benedicta Tinuade Ikpeme, died aged 73 in March 2009.[8]


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  4. ^ Max Siollun (4 August 2008). "The Babangida Years – Part 4". Nigeria Exchange. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
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  6. ^ "Board and Management". Davandy Finance & Securities. Retrieved 29 December 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Committee Membership". Efik National Fundraising Committee. Archived from the original on 18 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  8. ^ Dele Adeyanju (3 July 2009). "A fulfilled life". The Nation. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2009.