Nigerian state governors 2011–15 term

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The Nigerian state governors 2011–2015 term formally begins in May 2011 for the 26 state Governors in Nigeria elected in April 2011. In the 10 other states, elections were delayed until the current incumbent had served their full term. Governors are normally elected for a four-year term during the national elections in which the President and members of the upper and lower house are also elected, as are the state legislators. In some cases, the first officeholder may be replaced by another, for example through death, impeachment or if an election is annulled.

April 2011 elections[edit]

Elections for 24 of the 36 states in Nigeria were held on 26 April 2011.[1] In the northern states, elections were held in an atmosphere of violence that followed the election on 16 April 2011 of the southerner Goodluck Jonathan as President.[2] Elections were delayed until 28 April in Bauchi and Kaduna states due to violence between Christians and Muslims. Turnout in these states was low when the elections were held.[3]

Initial results for 12 states were announced on 28 April 2011, with seven governors being reelected and five governors elected for the first time.[1] Later that day, results for 22 of the states had been declared, of which the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had taken 15. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election in Imo state "inconclusive" due to irregularities in collation of results.[4] On 29 April the INEC decided to hold supplementary polls in four local government areas and one ward in Imo State on 6 May 2011 to decide the election.[5]

Elections for the 10 remaining states were to be held only when the four-year tenures of the current governors run out. The governors of Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto states had served less than four years due to taking office only after nullification of the election of former incumbents.[6]

Later changes[edit]


As of 28 May 2011, the breakdown of Governors by party in 36 states was:

Party States
ACN (Action Congress of Nigeria) 6
ANPP (All Nigeria People's Party) 3
APGA (All Progressives Grand Alliance) 2
CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) 1
LP (Labour Party) 1
PDP (People's Democratic Party) 23

Following is a list of all Nigerian state governors who held office during the 2011-2015 term. Acting governors are not shown.

State Governor Party Date elected Notes
Abia Theodore Orji PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Adamawa Murtala Nyako PDP 29 April 2008  Elected after April 2007 election was nullified
Akwa Ibom Godswill Akpabio PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Anambra Peter Obi APGA 6 February 2010  Second term
Bauchi Isa Yuguda PDP 28 April 2011  Reelected
Bayelsa Seriake Dickson PDP 24 May 2008  Reelected after nullification of April 2007 election
Benue Gabriel Suswam PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Borno Kashim Shettima ANPP 26 April 2011  First term
Cross River Liyel Imoke PDP 23 August 2008  Reelected after nullification of April 2007 election
Delta Emmanuel Uduaghan PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Ebonyi Martin Elechi PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Edo Adams Oshiomhole ACN 12 November 2008  Assumed office after winning appeal of April 2007 election
Ekiti Kayode Fayemi ACN 15 October 2010  Assumed office after winning appeal of April 2007 election
Enugu Sullivan Chime PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Gombe Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo PDP 26 April 2011  First term
Imo Rochas Okorocha APGA 6 May 2011  First term
Jigawa Sule Lamido PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Kaduna Yero came appointed after the death of Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa PDP 26 April 2011  Incumbent, appointed governor on 20 May 2010 when Namadi Sambo became Vice President
Kano Rabiu Kwankwaso PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Katsina Ibrahim Shema PDP 28 April 2011  Reelected
Kebbi Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Kogi Ibrahim Idris PDP 29 March 2008  Elected after April 2007 election declared invalid
Kwara Abdulfatah Ahmed PDP 26 April 2011  First term
Lagos Babatunde Fashola ACN 26 April 2011  Reelected
Nasarawa Umaru Tanko Al-Makura CPC 26 April 2011  First term
Niger Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Ogun Ibikunle Amosun ACN 26 April 2011  Reelected
Ondo Olusegun Mimiko LP 24 February 2009  Assumed office after election of Olusegun Agagu was nullified
Osun Rauf Aregbesola ACN 26 November 2010  Assumed office after election of Olagunsoye Oyinlola was nullified
Oyo Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi ACN 26 April 2011  First term
Plateau Jonah Jang PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Rivers Rotimi Amaechi PDP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Sokoto Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko PDP 28 May 2008  Reelected after April 2007 election annulled
Taraba Danbaba Suntai PDP 26 April 2011  Re-elected
Yobe Ibrahim Gaidam ANPP 26 April 2011  Reelected
Zamfara Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari ANPP 26 April 2011  First term

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sulaimon Olanrewaju and Olayinka Olukoya (28 April 2011). "GOV ELECTION: The winners are Ajimobi, Fashola, Amaechi, Amosun, Abdulfatah, Akpabio, Aliyu, Dakingari, Orji, Chime, Kwankwaso..." Nigerian Tribune. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Nigeria: governor elections press ahead amid killings". The Guardian (UK). 26 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ Jon Gambrell (28 April 2011). "Nigeria carries out delayed gubernatorial elections in 2 states where churches, mosques burned". The Associated Press. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  4. ^ Elisha Bala-Gbogbo and Ardo Hazzad (28 April 2011). "Nigeria's Ruling PDP Party Takes More Than Half of Governor Races Declared". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ BEN AGANDE, LUKA BINNIYAT & SUSAN EDEH (30 April 2011). "INEC extends Ohakim, Rochas' battle". Vanguard. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  6. ^ Oziegbe Okoeki (29 April 2011). "How Assembly polls filled the void in 10 states". The Nation. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.