- Since 1999, not less than 20 governors of different states in Nigeria have lost their re-election bids since the return of democracy
- Politicians across the world aspire to be re-election for a second term in their offices because it is a valid desire backed by constitutions of countries where it happened
- In Nigeria, most incumbent governors have always struggled to retain their seats due to intra-party crisis, godfatherism, unfulfilled promises and non-performance
Political office holders always desire re-election globally. In Nigeria, the narrative is the same, the aspiration is valid and lawful.
The governors are a prominent case study in the Nigeria case. The office of the governor is lucrative because of its influence, paraphernalia and almost unrestrained access to state funds.
This has made incumbents go any length in retaining their seats for a second term, source from The Punch.
However, some of them lost their second term bit due to issues around the intra-party crisis, unfulfilled promises, godfatherism and outright non-performance.
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A closed example is the recently concluded governorship election in Osun state, where Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor of the state lost to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
List of governors who lost in their second term bid
Adegboyega Oyetola Osun State
Bisi Akande Osun
Olagunsoye Oyinlola Osun
Lam Adesina Oyo
Olusegun Osoba Ogun
Niyi Adebayo Ekiti
Adebayo Adefarati Ondo
Celestine Omehia Rivers
Rasheed Ladoja Oyo
Oserheimen Osunbor Edo
Bindow Jibrilla Adamawa
Chinwoke Mbadinuju Anambra
Chris Ngige Anambra
Mohammed Abubakar Bauchi
Timipre Sylva Bayelsa
Abubakar Hashidu Gombe
Ikedi Ohakim Imo
Idris Wada Kogi
Mohammed Lawal Kwara
Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos
Full list of aspirants contesting to unseat Governor Sanwo-Olu in 2023 elections
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released 16 names of candidates and political parties for the Lagos guber election in 2023.
The parties and candidates would be jostling to unseat the present governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in next year's poll.
INEC has cleared the 16 political parties in which, 15 of which will be challenging the dominance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state