Definition of a Governor of a State

The governor of a state is the Chief Executive of a state. There is a Governor for each State of the Federation.

Electoral votes needed to win an election into the office of the Governor

A candidate for an election to the office of A Governor is duly elected if there be more than two candidates contesting; he/she has the highest number of votes cast at the election and has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

Qualification for nomination into the office of the Governor

A candidate shall be validly nominated when he/she nominates another candidate as his associate from the same political party as his/her running mate, to occupy the office of Deputy- Governor.

Qualifications for election into the office of the Governor

A person is qualified to run for the office of the Governor of a state if

  • He/She is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
  • He/She has attained the age of forty years (thirty- five years when the age reduction bill becomes law);
  • He/She is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party (or an independent candidate when the independent candidacy bill becomes law); and
  • He/She has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

Tenure of office of the Governor

The tenure of a Governor is four years after which he/she shall vacate the office at the expiration of the period of four years commencing from the date when he took the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office. A Governor may decide to contest for same office for a second tenure and nothing more.

Roles and responsibilities of the Governor

Top on the list include but are not limited to;

  • Providing leadership and manage the state;
  • Implementing State Laws;
  • Chief Diplomat-This role requires the Governor to design the foreign policy for Nigeria.
  • Select or confirm appointments of judges; and
  • Give executive orders.