…28 States Govs-elect take charge
Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja, and 28 State capitals are agog, as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be sworn-in today, Monday as the successor to the outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, whose two-term tenure of eight years ends today.
Ahead of today’s inauguration of the President-elect, as well as 28 State chief executives, there is also a security beef-up to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
Recall that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious during the February 25 presidential polls while 28 governors were elected on March 18.
The 28 States where new governors will be inaugurated today are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, and Delta. Others are Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Sixteen of the governors are of theAll-Progressives Congress (APC), including Uba Sani (Kaduna), Bassey Otu (Cross River), Mohammed Bago (Niger), Umar Namadi (Jigawa), Ahmed Aliyu (Sokoto), Dikko Radda (Katsina), Hyacinth Alia (Benue), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Babagana Zulum (Borno) and Umar Namadi (Jigawa).
Similarly, 10 chief executives on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will take charge. They are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), Peter Mbah (Enugu), Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Dauda Lawal (Zamfara), Siminialayi Fubara (Rivers), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta) and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa). While Abba Kabir, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) will be sworn-in as governor of Kano State, Alex Otti, of the Labour Party (LP) will be inaugurated as the chief executive of Abia.
There would be brand new governors in 18 states, where the governors have served out their two terms. The states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.
There would be no inauguration in eight of the 36 States, namely: Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Osun and Ondo because their governorship elections are off-season due to litigations and court judgements.