#FactFile: On resignation and impeachment of Deputy Governors in Nigeria

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This episode of #FridayFactFile is a historical timeline on various resignations and impeachment of Deputy Governors since the dawn of Nigeria’s fourth republic

The recent impeachment of Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan reminds us of the historical feuds between Nigerian State Governors and their Deputies.

In many instances, these feuds are occasioned by a perceived governorship ambition of the deputy governors while on some occasions, they are caught in the web of power play between gladiators in their states; leading them to become casualties.

Some political observers note that not many governorship candidates have detailed knowledge of the character of their running mates, as the decision of who serves as the number two citizen is often a party affair and is carried out as a ‘balancing act.

It is difficult to tell most times when things begin to turn sour between these governors and their deputies, but one constant is the fact that impeachment becomes near-inevitable as soon as the relationship between them becomes frosty.

While the State Houses of Assembly (still seen as apron strings of the executive at the state level) have become ready tools in the hands of the governors in carrying out their bidding, the trend continues to pose a sign of worry as to when the anomaly will finally end.

We made research on the many cases of impeachment and also found out that where resignations exist, they are largely face-saving efforts on the part of the deputy governors to prevent an impending impeachment.

Here’s our historical timeline on the subject:

IMPEACHMENTS

2002

Iyiola Omisore (Osun State) – Deputy Governor to Bisi Akande

Impeached: December 13, 2002



Abdullahi Abubakar Barde
(Kebbi State) – Deputy Governor to Adamu Aliero

Impeached: 2002

2005

Chris Ekpenyong (Akwa Ibom State) – Deputy Governor to Victor Attah

Impeached: June 23, 2005

Abiodun Aluko (Ekiti State) – Deputy Governor to Peter Ayodele Fayose

Impeached: September 2005

Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti State) – Deputy Governor to Peter Ayodele Fayose

Impeached: October 16, 2006  Impeachment Nullified:  April 14, 2015

2007

Femi Pedro (Lagos State, Deputy Governor to Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Impeached: May 10, 2007  Impeachment Nullified: December 31 2015 by the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA).

2009

Garba Gadi (Bauchi State) – Deputy Governor to Isa Yuguda

Impeached: August 13, 2009   Impeachment Nullified: June 25, 2010

2010

Perembowei Ebebi (Bayelsa State) Deputy Governor to Timipre Sylva

Impeached: June 24, 2010.         Impeachment Nullified: Feb 16, 2011

2012

Sani Abubakar Danladi (Taraba State) –  Deputy Governor to Danbaba Suntai

Impeached: October 4, 2012  Impeachment Nullified: Nov 21, 2014

2013

Jude Agbaso (Imo State)  – Deputy Governor to Rochas Anayo Okorocha

Impeached: March 28, 2013    Impeachment Nullified:  Feb 15, 2021

2014

Sunday Onyebuchi (Enugu State) – Deputy Governor to Sullivan Ihenacho Chime

Impeached: August 26, 2014    Impeachment Nullified: Dec 18, 2015

2015

Ali Olanusi  (Ondo State) – Deputy Governor to Olusegun Rahman Mimiko

Impeached: April 27, 2015          Impeachment Nullified:  March 24, 2017

2018

Eze Madumere (Imo State)  – Deputy Governor to Rochas Anayo Okorocha

Impeached: July 30, 2018 Impeachment Nullified:  October 2, 2018

2019

Simon Achuba (Kogi State) – Deputy Governor to Yahaya Adoza Bello

Impeached: Oct 18, 2019    Impeachment Nullified: Feb 27, 2020

2022

Mahdi Aliyu Gusau (Zamfara State) – Deputy Governor to Bello Mattawale

Impeached: Feb 23, 2022

Rauf Olaniyan (Oyo State) – Deputy Governor to Seyi Makinde

Impeached: July 18, 2022



ATTEMPTED IMPEACHMENT

2020

Agboola Ajayi (Ondo State) – Deputy Governor to Rotimi Akeredolu

Served Impeachment Notice: July 8, 2020     Tenure Expired: Feb 24, 2021

RESIGNATIONS 

2002

Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele (Lagos) – Deputy Governor to Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Resigned: 16 December 2002

Ibrahim Kwatolo (Jigawa)

Resigned: 2002

2003

John Oyom Okpa (Cross River) – Deputy Governor to Donald Duke

Resigned: 30 January 2003

Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia) – Deputy Governor to Orji Uzor Kalu

Resigned: 7 March 2003 (after 3 impeachment attempts)

2006

Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) – Deputy Governor to Attahiru Bafarawa

Resigned: 15 March 2006

2007

Suleiman Argungu (Kebbi) – Deputy Governor to Usman Dakingari

Resigned: 10 February 2007

2010

Chris Akomas (Abia State) – Deputy Governor to Theodore Orji

Purportedly Resigned: July 27, 2010                          Impeached: August 2, 2010

2014

Bala James Ngilari
 (Adamawa) – Deputy Governor to Murtala Nyako

Resigned: 15 July 2014



2018

Nuhu Gidado (Bauchi)

Resigned: 16 May 2018

Hafiz Abubakar (Kano State) – Deputy Governor to Abdullahi Ganduje

Resigned: 5 August 2018

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