Jacob Obande (1914) was a Nigerian businessman from the old Northern region. He was a minister of state in charge of the Nigerian Army and Establishments during the Nigerian First Republic and was also a minister of Mines and Power.
In 1958, he was the parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa.
Obande was born in Elelazi, Igumale, Benue State Obande to the family of Obande Ochogbo, the district head of Igunmale. He was educated at the Methodist School in Igunmale and later attended the Teachers Training College, Uzuakoli. After completing his teacher training program, he began work as a teacher before subsequently working as an hotelier, clerical officer and contractor with the Nigerian Railways.
In 1951, he was a honourable representative from Idomaland in the Northern house of Assembly and later in 1954, he became a member of the Idoma/Otukpo Local Authority.
In 1958, he was appointed as the parliamentary secretary to the Nigerian prime minister Tafawa Balewa.
During the second republic, Obande served as a state chairman for the National Party of Nigeria
Throughout his life, Obande served as member of various boards including, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Airways, Nigeria Hotels, Benue-Plateau Marketing Company and Nigeria reinsurance.
1959 Idoma South East parliamentary elections
- J.C. Obande NPC - 12,766
- J.E. Aboganye AG - 9,932
- J.O. Idikwu NCNC - 4,917
- K. W. J. Post; The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959: Politics and Administration in a Developing Political System. Oxford University Press, 1963, p54-55.