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List of newly elected governors in Nigeria 2019 with election statistics

Nigeria, a country made up of 36 States and 774 Local Government Areas, operates a democratic system of government where citizens up to the age of 18, can elect their choice of leaders through an electoral process. These elections are usually conducted every four years as stated in the constitution.

For over 20 years, the national elections have been conducted by a body known as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A Brief History of INEC

The origin of INEC can be traced to 1959, the period before independence. The electoral body in Nigeria started with the name, Electoral Commission of Nigeria (ECM). It was established for the purpose of conducting the upcoming 1959 election.

Subsequently, in 1960, the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) was established and was charged with the responsibility of conducting the post-independence elections of 1964 and 1965 at the federal and regional levels. FEDECO was later dissolved following the military coup of 1966.

In December 1995, another electoral body known as the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) was established. It was later dissolved with the establishment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 1998 during the Abubakar administration. Till date, the INEC is responsible for carrying out Nigerian national elections.
2019 Gubernatorial Election

The 2019 gubernatorial election was conducted on 9th March, 2019 rather than the proposed date of 2nd March, 2019. The shift in date was as a result of the postponement of the presidential election caused by some logistics and operational problems faced by INEC.

governors-nigeriaEventually, the gubernatorial elections were conducted in 29 states, except Edo, Ekiti, Osun, Ondo, Bayelsa, Anambra and Kogi states. Elections in 6 states were declared inconclusive; as a result, a supplementary election was scheduled to hold in those states on 23rd March, 2019. The affected states were Plateau, Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Kano and Sokoto states. In addition to this, the electoral process of Rivers state was suspended by INEC.

Conclusively, 22 governors emerged from the gubernatorial elections of 9th March, 2019 and 5 governor-elects have emerged from the supplementary elections of 23rd March, for Plateau, Benue, Kano, Sokoto, and Bauchi. Adamawa State did not participate in the first supplementary election on 23rd March. Rather another supplementary election which held on 28th March 2019, was scheduled just for Adamawa where a governor-elect finally emerged.
While some governors were elected for the first time in 2019, others were re-elected into office. In the current party affiliation of the 36 state governors, PDP holds 15 Governors, APC 19 and All progressives alliance (APGA) 1.

The lists of the newly elected governors in 9th March, 2019 gubernatorial elections are:

1. Abia State —Okezie Ikpeazu

Okezie Ikpeazu is the incumbent Governor of Abia state and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was the winner of the 2015 gubernatorial elections and ran for a second term in 2019 elections. He won Abia State 2019 election governorship election with a total of 261,127 votes in 17 LGAs of the state.

2. Akwa Ibom — Udom Gabriel Emmanuel

Udom Emmanuel became the governor of Akwa Ibom when he won the 2015 elections. He was re-elected for a second term in the 2019 gubernatorial election and defeated 44 other candidates by securing a total of 519,712 votes. He belongs to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

3. Borno State —Babagana Umara Zulum

Professor Babagana was the pioneer commissioner for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in Borno. He won the 2019 elections with a total of 1,175,440 votes in Borno State under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

4. Cross River —Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade

Benedict Ayade is the current governor of Cross River State and former Vice-chairman of the senate committee on Environmental and Ecology. He ran for gubernatorial elections in April 2015 and won. He contested again for governorship in March 2019 gubernatorial elections and was re-elected. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won 2019 elections with a total of 381,484 votes.

5. Delta State —Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

He is the incumbent Governor of Delta State. He became the Governor of Delta State when he won the 2015 gubernatorial election and was re-elected for a second term in March 2019. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His political journey started when he became the secretary of the Ika Local Government Area and Chairman of Ika North-East Local Government. He won the 2019 gubernatorial election with a total of 925,274 votes.

6. Ebonyi State —David Umahi

He is the current Governor of Ebonyi State and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) He was inaugurated into office as a Governor when he won the 2015 elections. He was re-elected as Governor of Ebonyi state in March 2019 governorship elections. He won in all the 13 LGAs of the state with total votes of 393,043.

7. Enugu State —Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwanyi

Popularly known as Gburugburu, he is the incumbent Governor of Enugu State. He contested in 2015 gubernatorial elections and won. He re-contested in 2019 gubernatorial election where he emerged the winner with a total of 449,935 votes in the 17 LGAs. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

8. Gombe State —Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

He won Gombe State governorship election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is a former Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development. He won the election with 364,179 votes.

9. Imo State —Hope Uzodinma

Hope Uzodinma is the current Governor of Imo State and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was sworn in as the Governor on 15th January, 2020 after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared the appellant Hope Uzodinma, who was at fourth position with 96,458 votes, the winner of Imo State 2019 gubernatorial election.

10. Jigawa —Mohammed Badaru Abubakar

He is the present Governor of Jigawa State and currently the National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He became the Governor of Jigawa State when he won the 2015 governorship elections. He was re-elected as governor of Jigawa State with a total of 810,933 votes in 2019 election.

11. Kaduna —Nasir El-Rufai

He is the incumbent Governor of Kaduna state and a member of the All Progressives Party (APC). He was formerly the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises and also served as minister of the Federal Capital Territory. He was inaugurated into office after he won the Kaduna 2015 governorship election. He was re-elected in 2019 with a total of 1,045,427 votes.

12. Katsina State —Aminu Bello Masari

He is the present Governor of Katsina State and a member of the All Progressives Party (APC). He was a speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives from 2003-2007. He was sworn in as Governor of Katsina State in 2015. He ran for a second term in March 2019 gubernatorial election and was re-elected with a total of 1,178,864 votes.

13.Kebbi —Atiku Bagudu

Atiku Bagudu was first elected in 2015 after he won Kebbi State gubernatorial election. He re-contested in 2019 Kebbi State governorship election and won with 673,717 votes. He is a member of the All progressives Congress (APC).

14. Kwara State —Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

He is the incumbent Governor of Kara State and a member of APC. He won Kwara 2019 governorship election with a total of 331,546 votes in all 16 local governments of Kwara State.

15. Lagos State —Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu is the incumbent Governor of Lagos state and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He emerged the winner of Lagos State 2019 governorship election with a total of 739,445 votes in all 20 LGAs of the state.

16. Nasarawa —Abdullahi Sule

He is the Governor of Nasarawa State. He was elected as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and won 11 of 13 Nasarawa LGAs with a total of 327,229 votes.

17. Niger —Abubakar Sani Bello

He is the incumbent Governor of Niger State and a member of APC. He was the winner of 2015 Niger gubernatorial election and was re-elected in 2019 with a total of 526,412 votes.

18. Ogun State —Dapo Abiodun

He is the Governor of Ogun State and a member of All Progressives Congress (APC). He won Ogun State 2019 gubernatorial election in 11 of the 15 LGAs with 241,670 votes. He is the managing director of Heyden Petroleum as well as the founder of First Power Limited.

19. Oyo State —Oluwaseyi Makinde

He is the Governor of Oyo State and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He won 28 of 33 LGAs of the state with 515, 621 votes in 2019 Oyo governorship election.

20. Taraba State —Darius Ishaku

He is the current Governor of Taraba State and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He won the 2015 governorship elections and was re-elected in 2019 when he won 11 of 15 LGAs of the state with a total of 520,433 votes.

21. Yobe —Mai Mala Bun

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Buni is the current Governor of Yobe state. He contested in Yobe State 2019 governorship election as a candidate of the All Progressives Congress and won with a total of 444,013 votes.

22. Zamfara —Bello Muhammad Mutawalle

On 24 May 2019, the Supreme Court of Nigeria invalidated the participation of APC in 2019 National Assembly, the State House of Assembly and governorship elections in Zamfara State. This was because the party failed to conduct rancour-free primary elections which contravened the party’s constitution, the 1999 Constitution, and the Electoral Act.

APC candidate Muktar Idris, was initially the governor-elect of Zamfara State. He was declared the winner of Zamfara State governorship election with a total of 534,541 votes across the 14 LGAs in Zamfara State. The Supreme Court voided all votes cast for APC and ordered the candidate with the second highest votes to be sworn in as Governor of Zamfara State.

In light of this, Bello Muhammad Mutawalle of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 189,452, was declared the winner of the governorship election in Zamfara State.

Governors Elected in March 2019 Supplementary Elections

23. Adamawa State — Ahmadu Fintiri

Ahmadu Fintiri was a member of Adamawa State House of Assembly and was also a Speaker of the House. He was declared governor-elect of Adamawa after the supplementary election that was conducted in 44 pooling units across the 14 LGAs of the state. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He defeated the former Governor of Adamawa, Governor Jibrilla Bindow, by securing a total of 376,552 votes against Jribrilla Bindow’s 336,386 votes.

24. Bauchi —Bala Mohammed

Bala Mohammed was formerly a minister of the Federal Capital Territory and contested in the March 23rd supplementary governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019. He won Bauchi State Governorship election with a total number of 515,113 votes.

25. Benue State —Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom is a second term Governor. He first contested in Benue State April 2015 gubernatorial elections and won under the All Progressives Congress (APC). He ran for second term under the People’s Democracy Party (PDP) in 23rd March 2019 supplementary election and was re-elected. Ortom won with 434,473 votes.

26. Kano State —Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is the current Governor of Kano State and a member of APC. He came into office in 2015 after his victory in Kano State governorship election. He was re-elected for a second term in the supplementary election which was held on 23rd March, 2019. He won by 1,033,695 votes.

27. Plateau State —Simon Lalong

Simon Lalong started off as a lawyer but later dropped his profession for politics. He became the Governor of Plateau State in 2015 after he won the gubernatorial election. He re-contested and won the 2019 supplementary election in 11 of 17 LGAs in Plateau with 595,582 votes. He is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

28. Sokoto —Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

He is the current Governor of Sokoto State and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was elected in 2015 as the Governor of Sokoto and was re-elected with a total of 512,002 votes from the 2019 Sokoto March 9th election and March 23rd supplementary election.

Other 2019 Gubernatorial Elections

29. Rivers State —Ezenwo Nyesom Wike

Wike came into office in 2015 when he won Rivers State 2015 gubernatorial election. He was re-elected in April 2019 after Rivers State March 2019 governorship election was suspended. He won with 886,264 votes and is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

30. Bayelsa State — Douye Diri

Douye Diri is the governor-elect of Bayelsa State. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and contested in the gubernatorial election of Bayelsa State which was held on 18th November, 2019. He won with a total of 143,172 votes. He will be sworn in as Governor on 14th February, 2020.

David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was initially the governor-elect of Bayelsa with total votes 352, 552. However, he was sacked on 13th February 2020 by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on grounds that his running-mate submitted invalid certificates to INEC. The candidate with the second highest votes (Douye Diri) was declared winner of 2019 governorship election.