Omigbodun Akinrinola Oyegoke is a Nigerian politician, architect, and professional teacher. In Osogbo, Nigeria, he is the founder and principal consultant of Goke Omigbodun Associates. He was previously the vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for governor of Osun State in the July 2022 election.
Early Life and Education
Oyegoke was born in Osogbo, Nigeria, on February 23, 1964, to Ladunjoye Omigbodun and Regina Olatide Omigbodun. His father was the first Chairman of the Osogbo District Council, as well as the first principal of the Osogbo Grammar School. His late mother was the retired Chief Health Sister of the Old Oyo State. She was also the Deputy Chief Health Sister for Nigeria’s Western State. He was raised in Osun State, Nigeria, alongside his sister, Oyinkan Omigbodun.
Oyegoke attended All Saints Primary School in Osogbo. He also completed his secondary school education at Ibadan Government College. He later attended Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and earned a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in architecture. He went on to the University of Ilorin, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. He also holds a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Ibadan.
Omigbodun holds licenses as an architect, a politician, an estate surveyor, and a valuer. He is the founder and chief consultant of Goke Omigbodun Associates in Osogbo, Nigeria, a company that provides architectural designs, assessments, and construction management services. He is a co-founder of the Olive Branches Schools, which was established in May 2003.
During the tenure of Osun State’s former governor, Chief Bisi Akande, he served as Chairman of the Osun State Property Development Corporation. In addition, from March 2001 to August 2003, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Osun as the State Programmes Monitoring Adviser (SPMA) and as the Governor’s Special Adviser on Inter-Party Relations.
Goke Omigbodun is an architect registered with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), an estate surveyor and valuer registered with the Estate Surveyors & Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON), and a registered teacher with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria.
Goke Omigbodun is a Trustee of the ANGELS Foundation, a former Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV) in Osun State, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) in Osun State, and an Ex-Officio member of the NIA council, in addition to co-founding and serving as the first President of the Network of NGOs (NETNOS He is also a member of the Osun Development Association (ODA), a LEAD Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Leadership for Environment and Development initiative, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.
The dynamic, forward-thinking politician has been running a restructuring campaign, which he named “Yoruba e Ronu.” Because Obafemi Awolowo was in control of cocoa money without being coerced during the old western region, he wanted Yoruba to return to the times when cocoa money was used to build Cocoa House.
Goke Omigbodun has consistently and forcefully advocated for the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to allow for the devolution of additional authority and resource control to federating units and their local government areas. Omigbodun believes that Nigeria should return to a time when state governments were in charge of their own domestic production.
Goke Omigbodun resigned as the Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Nigeria, to run for governor. He previously served as Caretaker Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in his hometown of Olorunda.
Osun Governorship Debate and Manifesto
The governance policy of Oyegoke is primarily concerned with “Global Infrastructure and Youth Development.” Omigbodun intends to use Osun’s youthful energy, intellect, and expertise to ensure the state’s economic strength. He aspires to make Osun State the epicenter of Nigeria’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, which he believes will reduce crime, engage young people, create jobs, and boost the nation’s economy.
He believes that Osun youths can work in ICT-related positions and lead Nigeria’s industrial revolution in the same way that Californians led America’s industrial revolution and mass production of goods. He wants the youth to vote for him in order for him to become the next governor of Osun State.
He contested against incumbent governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Ademola Adeleke, Akin Ogunbiyi, and Lasun Yusuf, among others.
The architect is married to Oyinkan Babalola Omigbodun, and the couple has two children together—a son and a daughter. His wife is a primary school teacher at Olive Branches School in Nigeria.
Family History and Background
Venerable Julius Ladunjoye Omigbodun, his late father, was the founding principal of Osogbo Grammar School and the first chairman of the Osogbo District Council, which included the current local governments of Osogbo, Olorunda, Irepodun, Orolu, and a portion of Egbedore. The late Ladunjoye Omigbodun was the first university graduate from the former Osun Division, making him the obvious choice to serve as the division’s scribe and spokesperson. On October 8, 1950, he initiated and wrote the first letter to the then-Governor-General, Sir John McPherson, requesting that the Osun Division be removed from any administrative headquarters in Ibadan, kicking off a protracted struggle that resulted in the establishment of Osun State in August 1991.
During his father’s reign, Osogbo received electricity and piped water. The first tarred road was also built during his father’s tenure as Chairman of the Osogbo District Council.
Oyegoke’s mother, Regina Olatide Omigbodun, was a trusted chief, ally, and confidante of Baba Ooni Adesoji Aderemi, Western Nigeria’s first governor. She was the late Jagunoshin Johnson Awoyera-Awoyemi’s daughter from Logun Compound in Okerewe, Ile-Ife. Mama Regina Olatide Omigbodun retired as the chief health sister of Old Oyo State soon after it was established, after serving as the deputy chief health sister of Western State in Nigeria.
Awards and Nominations
Omigbodun awards and nominations are unavailable at the time of writing this biography.
His current net worth is unavailable.