George Akume (born 27 December 1953) is the Minority Leader of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and served as the Governor of Benue State from 1999 t0 2007. He is the first Executive Governor of Benue State to have completed two terms in office. He was elected governor of Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and was then elected to the Senate. Akume was reelected Senator for Benue North West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform.
George Akume obtained a Bachelor's degree In Sociology and a Master's Degree In Labour Relations From the University of Ibadan. He became a career civil servant who rose to the apex of the professional career ladder as a permanent secretary. He now resides in Abuja, Nigeria.
Despite being one of the longest running governors of the state, the capital Makurdi and other local government areas were left worse off than when he arrived in terms of infrastructural development and state GDP. In 2007, he won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North West in Nigeria's legislative arm of government. Akume was reelected Senator for Benue NW in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. He polled 261,726 votes, defeating Terngu Tsegba of the PDP who won 143,354 votes.