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



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:



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


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


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).


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

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


Perembowei Ebebi (Bayelsa State) Deputy Governor to Timipre Sylva

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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



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

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



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

Resigned: 16 December 2002

Ibrahim Kwatolo (Jigawa)

Resigned: 2002


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)


Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) – Deputy Governor to Attahiru Bafarawa

Resigned: 15 March 2006


Suleiman Argungu (Kebbi) – Deputy Governor to Usman Dakingari

Resigned: 10 February 2007


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

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


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

Resigned: 15 July 2014


Nuhu Gidado (Bauchi)

Resigned: 16 May 2018

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

Resigned: 5 August 2018

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