George Akume

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George Akume
Immediate past Senator for Benue NW
Assumed office
29 May 2007
Former Minority Leader
In office
June 2011 – June 2015
Governor of Benue State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded byDominic Oneya
Succeeded byGabriel Suswam
Personal details
Born (1953-12-27) 27 December 1953 (age 66)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress(APC)

George Akume (born 27 December 1953) is a Nigerian politician who is the current Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs. He was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015. He was also the Governor of Benue State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He was the first 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 (PDP) and was then elected to the Senate.[1] Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) He won another term in 2015 but lost to Senator Orke Jev of the PDP in 2019. On July 23, 2019, President Buhari nominated Akume to serve as a minister.[2]


George Akume obtained a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Labour Relations from the University of Ibadan. He now resides in Abuja, Nigeria.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1999, he became governor of Benue State and served two four years term. He won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria's senate.[1] Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West 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.[2] He was again re-elected to the senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. He is currently the chairman senate committee on army and a ranking member of senate. He was nominated and confirmed a minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nigeria by Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari appointed him as Minister of Special Duties [3]on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.


  1. ^ a b c "Sen. George Akume". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  2. ^ a b Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi and Yusufu Aminu (2011-04-28). "Benue youths protest governorship poll result". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  3. ^ "JUST IN: Full List: Buhari assigns portfolios to new Ministers". Oak TV Newstrack. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

Category:Gurgur Japheth wrote about Akume in the book, "Portrait of a Quiet Revolution".