George Akume

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George Akume
Senator for Benue NW
Assumed office
29 May 2007
Senate Minority Leader
In office
June 2011 – June 2015
Governor of Benue State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded by Dominic Oneya
Succeeded by Gabriel Suswam
Personal details
Born (1953-12-27) 27 December 1953 (age 63)
Political party All Progressives Congress(APC)

George Akume (born 27 December 1953) is a Nigerian politician who is 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).[2]


George Akume (Hero of Democracy) 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.[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.

contested again in 2015 general election under All Progressive Congress APC and won. He is currently the chairman senate committee on army and a ranking member of senate. (Hero of Democracy).


  1. ^ a b c "Sen. George Akume". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-09-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi and Yusufu Aminu (2011-04-28). "Benue youths protest governorship poll result". The Nation. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 

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