4 governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies

4 governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies

The history of Nigerian politics is replete with recurrent clashes between state governors and their deputies.

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Some pundits attribute this to the fact that in most cases, governorship candidates don't get to choose who they want to choose their deputies but often work with the choice of their political parties.

In some other cases, crises erupt between state governors and their deputies when the latter feel sidelined in important government issues.

What is, however, common in most cases is that governors often have an upper hand when such crisis occurs. They not only get their deputies off their seat but also render them politically "inactive" in the end.

This listicle examines four Nigerian governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies.

1. Tinubu/Akerele-Bucknor (1999-2003)

4 governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies

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Number one on the list is the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and his former deputy, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele.

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Bucknor-Akerele had an intense political clash with Tinubu which eventually led to her resignation.

According to her, the rift occurred when she opposed Tinubu's plan to allegedly hijack their party. she said she resigned when the rift got intense and fetish objects were planted in her office.

2. Tinubu/ Pedro (2003-2007)

The second instance is also Tinubu versus his former deputy, Olufemi "Femi" Pedro, during his second term in office.

Tinubu was re-elected Lagos governor, with Pedro as his deputy, in 2003. The relationship between the two, however, broke down in the buildup to the 2007 elections.

Pedro wanted to succeed Tinubu as the governor of Lagos but the APC leader preferred Babatunde Raji Fashola.

As the relationship between the duo broke down completely, Pedro was eventually impeached for gross misconducts in 2007.

Meanwhile, he had earlier in 2006 dumped the defunct Action Congress for the Labour Party where he contested the governorship seat.

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Though Pedro's impeachment has been invalidated by the Lagos House of Assembly, his fight with his Tinubu has significantly destroyed his political relevance in Lagos politics.

3. Rochas Okorocha/Madumere

4 governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies

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The former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has had an intense clash with his former deputy, Eze Madumere.

Madumere and others were opposed to Okorocha's plan to instal Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, to succeed him as Imo governor.

The clash eventually led to Madumere's impeachment in 2018.

4. Yahaya Bello/Simon Achuba

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state also fought his deputy, Simon Achuba, and rendered him politically insignificant.

Achuba accused his boss of being intolerant to opposing views as the relationship between the two broke down.

He was eventually impeached for alleged gross misconduct by the state House of Assembly under controversial circumstances in 2019.

Later in February 2020, a Kogi state high court declared the purported removal of Achuba as the deputy governor by the state House of Assembly as illegal, null, void and of no effect.

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5. Rotimi Akeredolu/Agboola Ajayi

4 governors who fought and politically destroyed their deputies

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state also had a clash with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, which led to the latter's defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Despite dumping the APC, the deputy governor has vowed not to resign from Akeredolu's government.

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The development is still unfolding as Nigerians watch who will eventually emerge the winner of the leadership battle between Akeredolu and his deputy.

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