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State Governors and their Deputies are those that are democratically elected to run the affairs of their states. Beyond the constitutional provision of roles and responsibilities of governors, it is certain that the extent that each governor succeeds in performing his or her roles and responsibilities will depend on the quality of programs articulated, the committed professional team available to such governor beyond the existing bureaucracy, the degree and quality of leadership available, applicable manifesto of the political party in power that is not mostly in existence, the integrity and drive behind the total leadership.

My hope in sharing this information with YOU is to…

  1. All civilian State Governors and their Deputies from 1st October, 1979 to 31 December, 1983; 2nd January, 1992 to November 18, 1993 and 29th May, 1999 till.
  2. The functions of State Governors and their Deputies as articulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  3. The Political party(ies) and numbers of their Deputies during their stay in office.
  4. How and why some State Governors and their Deputies or deputy left office and
  5. Some Deputy Governors that were fortunate to become GOVERNOR, among others.

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In the Nigerian national polity, GOVERNORS are the chief executives of their states, Chief security and Law officer. The roles of governors and all other organs of government conferred with Executive Powers are provided under chapter 10, sections 13 to 18 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and broadly stipulates the followings:

• Promotion of democracy and social justice in the state.

• Promotion of security and welfare of citizens as the primary purpose of government.

• Promotion of the participation of the people in their governance and in accordance with the constitution.

• Promotion of inclusive governance that embrace diverse sections of the citizens and that respect their cultural diversity and belief systems.

• Promotion of integration of all peoples of the state, devoid of any form of discrimination.

• Provision of adequate facilities, goods and services that improve the well being of all citizens.

• Elimination of all forms of corrupt practices and abuse of power.

• Promotion of State economy and efficiency in such a manner as to secure maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of all citizens.

• Promotion of planned and balanced economy to ensure equity in the distribution of resources to all citizens and the decentralization of the means of production and exchange in the control of many citizens.

• Provision of adequate shelter, food, resources, wages, education and health facilities to all citizens including those with special needs.

• Provision of easily accessible independent and impartial court of Justice, among others.

What are Deputy Governor for?

The Deputy Governor the second citizen of a state, just like the Vice President is the second citizen of the nation. But unlike the Vice President of Nigeria who has been performing wonderfully even while the President is in the country, it is not so at the States levels. Though the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that the duties of Governors and their Deputies clearly. However, it is not followed accordingly.

Again, the State Governors is the second highest ranking official in the State Executive branch besides the Governor. The Constitution of 1999 requires that the gubernatorial nominee of a party select his or her Deputy Governor or running mate after the primary election. The roles of Deputy Governor are : assisting the Governor, replace him or her in case of death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence or incapacity as a result of illness or injury.

And the best part is…

Comprehensive List of Pasts and Present Civilian State Governors and Their Deputies in Nigeria

FORMAT

State

Date

Governor’s Name/ Party

Deputy Governor(s) Name(s)

ABIA STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov.,1993

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu – NRC

• Clement Nwankwo

(2) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

State Governors and their Deputies

Orji Uzor Kalu  – APP / APC

• Eyinnaya Abaribe

He was removed on ground of political misunderstanding.

• Chima Nwafor

Removed on ground of disloyalty.

• Eric Acho Nwakamma

(3) 29 May, 2007 –  29 May, 2015

Theodore A. Orji   – PPA

• Eric Acho Nwakamma

• Sir Emeka Ananaba

(4) 29 May, 2015 till date

Okezie Ikpeazu   – PDP

Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu

ADAMAWA STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 27 Aug., 1991 – 2 Jan., 1992

Wilson Rajil Sabiya

(Civilian Administrator)

(2) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov., 1993

Alhaji Sale Michika   – NRC

• Mr. Lynn Nathan

(3) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Boni Haruna   – PDP

• Alhaji Bello Tukur

(4) 29 May, 2007 – 26 Feb., 2008

Murtala Nyako   PDP

• Bala James Ngillari

(5) 27 Feb., 2008 – 29 Apr., 2008

Rt. Hon. James Shuaibu Barka

(Acting Governor)

(6) 29 Apr., 2008 – 15 Jul., 2014

Murtala Nyako   PDP/ APC

• Bala James Ngillari

(7) 15 Jul., 2014 – 1 Oct., 2014

Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri    PDP

(Acting Governor)

He was removed by Supreme Court which ordered the reinstatement of Bala James Ngillari  as the Governor of the State.

(8) 29 May, 2015 till date

Alhaji Bindo Jibrila      APC

• Engr. Martins Babale.

AKWA IBOM

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov., 1993

Akpan Isemin Obong   – NRC

• Semin Etim Okpoyo

(2) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Victor Attah  –   PDP

• Christopher Obong Stephen Ekpeyong

He was hurriedly impeached by the State House of Assembly and his impeachment was later overturned after 7 days and he later resigned.

(3) 29 May, 2009 – 29 May, 2015

Godswill Obot Akpabio – PDP

•Engr. Patrick Ekpotu

• Mr. Nsima Ekere

He resigned on personal ground.

• Mrs. Valerie Ebe

(4) 29 May 2015 till date

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel  – PDP

• Moses Frank Ekpo.

ANAMBRA STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 1 Oct., 1979 – 31 Sept., 1983

Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo – NPP

• Chief Roy Umenyi

(2) 2 Oct., 1983 31 Dec., 1983

Christian C. Onoh, NPN

• Barrister Ozoemena Onyali

(3) 2 Jan., 1992 17 Nov., 1993

Chukwuemeka Ezeife    SDP

• Dr. Chidi Mwike

(4) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2003

Clement Chinwoke Mbadinuju  PDP

• Prince Chinedu Emeka

(5) 29 May 2003 – 17 Mar., 2006

Dr. Chris Ngige   PDP

• Mr. Ugochukwu Nwanko

He was removed on 22nd January, ,2004.

• Dr. Okey Udeh

(6) 17 Mar., 2006 – 3 Nov. ,2006

Peter Obi    – APGA

Mrs. Virginia N. Etiaba

(7) 3 Nov., 2006 – 9 Feb., 2007

Mrs. Virginia N. Etiaba  APGA

She became the Acting State Governor when Peter Obi was impeached by the State House of Assembly for alleged gross miss conduct. Virginia Etiaba later transferred power to Peter Obi when his impeachment was nulified by the Court of Law.

(8) 27 May, 2007 – 14 Jun., 2007

Emmanuel Namdi Uba   PDP

He was removed by the judgment of the Supreme Court. He governed the state for 14 days.

(9) 9 Feb, 2007 16 Mar., 2007

Peter Obi  – APGA

• Mrs. Virginia N. Etiaba

• Engr. Emeka Sibeudu

(10) 16 Nov., 2013 till date

Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano  APGA

• Engr. Emeka Sibeudu

• Dr. Nkem Okeke

He was appointed on 17 Mar., 2014.

BAUCHI STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Ahmed Adamu Mua’zu     PDP

• Alhaji Abdulmalik Mahmoud

(2) 29 May, 2007 – 29 May, 2015

Mallam Isa Yuguda    ANPP/ PDP

• Alhaji Muhammed Garba Gadi

He was impeached because he failed to decamped with the Governor to PDP on August 2009.

• Babayo Garba Gamawa

He became the Deputy Governor when Garba Gadi was impeached. He functioned both as the State Deputy Governor and Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

(3) 29 May, 2015 – 29 May, 2019

Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar  APC

• Nuhu Gidado

• Mr. Audi Sule Katagum

(4) 29 May, 2019 till date.

Barrister Jibrin Bala Mohammed PDP

• Senator Baba Tela.

BAYELSA STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 29 May, 1999 – 8 Dec., 2005

Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha  –  PDP

•Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

(2) 8 Dec., 2005 – 29 May, 2007

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan   – PDP

He became the State Governor after the impeachment of Alameiseigha.

• Barrister Peremobowie Ebebi

(3) 29 May, 2007 – 16 Apr. 2008

Timipre Sylvia – PDP

• Barrister Peremobowei Ebebi

(4) Apr. 16, 2008 – May 27, 2008

Werinipre  Seibarugo – PDP

He became the Acting Governor after the nulification of Sylvia election by the Court of Law.

(5) 27 May, 2008 – 27 Jan., 2012

Timpre Sylvia  – PDP

He was re – elected as the State Governor.

• Barrister Peremobowei Ebebi

• Rt. Hon. Werinipre Seibarugo

(6) 27 Jan., 2012 – 14 Feb., 2012

Rt. Hon. Nestor k. Binabo

He became the State Acting Governor after the nulification of Sylvia election by the Supreme Court.

(7) 14 Feb.,2012 – 14 Feb., 2020

Seriake Henry Dickson  – PDP

• Gboribiogha John Jonah

(8) 14 Feb., 2020 till date

** Duoye  Diri   – PDP

• Lawrence Ewuhrudjakpo

** The gubernatorial election was won by Chief David Lyon, APC. He was prevented from being sworn in by the court as the State Governor’s because his running mate (Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieyo) was alleged to had forged his certificate(s).

BENUE STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 1 Oct., 1979 – 31 Dec., 1983

Aper Aku  – NPN

*Mr. Isah  Odoma

(2) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

George Akume   PDP

• Prince Ogiri Ajene

(3) 29 May, 2007 – 29 May, 2015

Gabriel Toruwa Suswan   PDP

• Chief Stephen Lawani

(4) 29 May, 2015 till date

Samuel Ortom     APC / PDP

• Engr. Benson Abonu

BORNO STATE :

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 1 Oct., 1979 – 31 Sept., 1983

Alhaji Muhammed Goni,  GNPP

• Alhaji Ibrahim Anas

(2) 1 Oct., 1983 – 31 Dec., 1983

Asheik Jarma

(3) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov., 1993

Ma’aji Lawan   – SDP

• Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia

(4) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2003

Alhaji Mala Kachalla   APP/ ANPP / AD

(5) 29 May, 2003 – 29 May, 2011

Alhaji Ali Modu Sherrif  – ANPP

• Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal

(6) 29 May, 2011 – 29 May, 2019

Kashim Shettima   – ANPP

• Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha

He died on 15th August, 2015.

• Hon. Usman Mamman Durkwa

(7) 29 May, 2019 till date

Prof. Babagana Umaru Zulumi –  APC

Hon. Umar Usman Kadafur

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CROSS RIVER

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 1 Oct., 1979 – 31 Sept., 1983

Clement Using –  NPN

• Dr. Mathias Ofoboche

(2) 1 Oct., 1983 – 31 Dec., 1983

Donald Etibet  – NPN

• Mr. Fidelis Ikogo Nnang

(3) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov., 1993

Clement   Ebri   – NRC

• Mrs. Cecilia Ekpeyong

(4) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Donald Duke   –  PDP

• Chief John Oyom Okpa

• Dr. Walter Eneji

(5) 29 May 2007 – 29 May, 2015

Liyel  Imoke –   PDP

• Efiok  Cobham

(6) 29 May, 2015 til date

Benedict Ayade    – PDP

• Prof. Ivara   Esu

DELTA STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 2 Jan., 1992 – 17 Nov., 1993

Felix  Ovudoroye  Ibru   – SDP

• Simeon Ebonka

(2) 29 May, 199929 May, 2007

Chief  James Onanefe Ibori   – PDP

• Benjamin Elue

(3) 29 May, 2009 – 29 May, 2015

Emmanuel Eweka Uduaghan – PDP

• Prof. Amos  Utuama

(4) 29 May, 2015 till date

Ifeanyi Okowa    – PDP

• Barrister Kingsley Burutu Otuaro.

EBONYI STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Dr. Sam  Ominyi Egwu   – PDP

• Dr. Emmanuel  Isu

• Dr. Chigozie  Ogbu

(2) 29 May, 2007 – 29 May, 2015

Martin  Elechi     – PDP

• Dave  Umahi

(3) 29 May, 2015 till date

Dave Umahi   – PDP / APC.

• Dr. Eric  Kelechi  Igwe.

EDO STATE

(1) 1st Oct., 1979 – 31st Dec., 1983

Ambrose Folorunsho Alli – UPN

• Chief  Demas  Akpore.

(2) 1st Oct. 1983 – 31st Dec., 1983

Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia  – NPN

• Chief  Ray  Inije

(3) 2 Jan., 1992 17 Nov., 1993

Chief John Odiegie Oyegun  –  SDP

• Rev. Peter Obada

(4) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion  – PDP

• Chief Mike Aiyegbeni Oghiadomhe

(5) 29 May, 2007 – 11 Nov., 2008

Osereimen A. Osunbor    – PDP

• Lucky Imasuen

(6) 11 Nov., 200811 Nov., 2016

Comrade Adam Aliyu Oshiomole ACN / APC

• Dr. Pius Odubu

(7) 11 Nov., 2016 till date

Godwin Obaseki   APC / PDP

• Philip Shuiabu

EKITI STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 29 May, 199 – 29 May, 2003

Niyi  Adebayo –  AD

• Chief Olatunde Alabi

(2) 29 May 2003 – 16 Oct. 2006

Ayo Peter Fayose  – PDP

• Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi

(3) 16 Oct. 2006 – 18 Oct., 2006

Rt. Hon. Friday Aderemi

He became the State Acting Governor after Ayo Fayose impeachment.

(4) 18 Oct., 2006 – 27 April, 2007

Brigadier Adetunji Olurin (rtd)

(Administrator)

(5) 27 April, 2007 – 29 May, 2007

Tope Ademiluyi     – PDP

(6) 29 May, 2007 – 15 Oct., 2010

Segun  Oni

• Dr. Sikiru  Tae Lawal

(7) 16 Oct., 2010 – 16 Oct., 2014

Dr. Kayode  Fayemi

• Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka

Died on April 6th, 2013.

• Prof.(Mrs.) Modupe Adelabu

(8) 16 Oct., 2014 – 16 Oct., 2018

Ayodele Peter Fayose –  PDP

• Prof. Kolapo Olusola

(9) 16 Oct., 2018 till date

Kayode Fayemi    – APC

• Otunba (Mrs.) Bisi Egbeyemi

ENUGU STATE

State Governors and Their Deputies

(1) 2 Jan., 1992 17 Nov., 1993

Okwesilieze  Nwodo    NRC

• Dr. Icha  Ituma

(2) 29 May, 1999 – 29 May, 2007

Chimaroke  Nnamani   – PDP

•Chief Okechukwu  Itanyi

(3) 29 May, 2007 – 29 May, 2015

Sullivan  Chime    – PDP

• Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi

He was impeached on August 26, 2014.

• Rev. Raphael Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye

(4) 29 May, 2015 till date.

Ifeanyi  Ugwanyi   – PDP

• Mrs. Lolo  Cecelia Ezello

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