Two Federal Elections were held in the First Republic, in 1959 and 1964. On August 11, 1979 five political parties contested in the presidential election. The elections results were declared.
In this write-up I’ll be covering:
- The Presidential flag bearers and their running mates and
- The State Governors and their deputies.
You stand to know:
- Names of all political parties that contested elections from 1979 to 1983.
- Name of first State Governor that was impeached in Nigeria and reasons.
- Name of Deputy Governor elect that could not be sworn in with his Governor elect and the reason.
- Names of State Governors and their deputies and
- How some Deputy Governors became Governor.
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Presidential flag bearers
Chief Alex Ekwueme
National Party of Nigeria (NPN)
Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Mr. Philip Umeadi
Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)
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Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
Professor Ishaya Audu
Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP)
Alhaji Aminu Kano
Mr. Bola Ogunboh
Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
Waziri Kolo Ibrahim
Great Nigerian Peoples Party (GNPP)
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After winning the presidential election, Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari who contested for President under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and his running mate (the Vice President) took their oath of office. General Olusegun Obasanjo who was the then Military Head of State handed over power willingly to Shehu Shagari. This happened on October 1,1979. This made Shagari Nigeria first Executive President.
As we cruise together, I’ll be examining the state Governor that governed from October 1, 1979 to September 30, 1983.
Engr. Roy Umenyi
Abubakar Tatari Ali
Alhaji Adamu Tafawa Balewa
Mr. Isah Odoma
Alhaji Muhammed Goni
Alhaji Ibrahim Anas
Cross River State
Dr. Mathias Ofoboche
Bendel State (now Edo)
Ambrose Folorunsho Alli
Chief Dema Akpore
Gongola State (Now Taraba)
Alhaji Abubakar Barde
Barde resigned his position as the State Governor due to gross misconduct levelled against him which made Juta his deputy to became the State Governor from 1982 to Oct. 1983.
Samuel Onanuka Mbakwe
** Chief Bernard Amahala
* Chief Issac Uzoigwe
* Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa
** Abba Musa Rimi
Abba Rimi who later became Acting Governor after Balarabe impeachment.
Muhammed Abubakar Rimi
* Ibrahim B. B. Farouk
** Abdu Dawakin Tofa
Abdulazeez Adamu Attah
Chief Jimoh Shittu
Lateef Kayode Jakande
Chief Rafiu Jafojo
Alhaji Muhammed Awwal Ibrahim
Alhaji Idris Hassan Kpaki
Chief Solomon D. Lar
Muhammed D. Yakubu
Micheal Adekunle Ajasin
Akinwole Omoboriowo Micheal
Frank Adiele Eke
Muhammed Shehu Kangiwa
** Garuba Nadama
** Mr.Samuel Onanuka Mbakwe and his running mate defeated Chief Collins Obih of NPP. The governoship election tribunal removed Mr. Bernard Amahala before he could be inaugurated into office on the ground that he failed to resigned his employment in Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, prior to standing in an election as prescribed by the law. Despite the efforts of NPP to liquidate NPN victory as a result of this singular mistake. The tribunal maintained that the act of the Deputy Governor elect or his election doesn’t affect the Governor elect. However, Mr. Bernard Amahala was replaced with Chief Issac Uzoigwe.
**Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi in May 1983 fell out with his mentor, Mallam Aminu Kano. Rimi decamped from PRP to NPP in his bid to prepare himself for the 1983 election. He resigned from his position because Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) that was Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) precursor rules stated that he must do so before contesting in another party platform. Immediately, after his resignation, he was replaced by DAWAKIN TOFA (his Deputy Governor).
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Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa was elected as Kaduna State Governor under the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), a political party founded by Mallam Aminu Kano. National Party of Nigeria (NPN) that was the then rulling party unsuccessfully challenged his election.
Initially, his political party was a member of the PPP Alliance that was formed in opposition to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) but withdrew quitely. As a governor Balarabe Musa was stalemated by the then Kaduna State House of Assembly that was controlled by the NPN members.
Due to this, he couldn’t form a cabinet. Since he refused to nominate NPN members, the State House of Assembly refused to ratify his candidates. On June 1981 he made history as the first State Governor to be impeached in Nigeria. He was impeached by the then Kaduna State House of Assembly.
**Garba Nadama became the State Governor of Sokoto from January 1982 to October 1983 after Shehu Kangiwa death due to polo accident.
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