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In Memoriam: 4 Governors who passed away in office

Today, we reflect on the historical leaders who, as incumbents, met their demise while serving as governors...


In Memoriam: 4 Governors who passed away in office

Death  is  inevitable!  Undoubtedly, the outgoing  year,  2023, has  proven  to be a lethal  period, claiming  the  lives of many  Nigerians, including  some prominent  politicians  and  influential personalities.

Today,  we  reflect on the  historical leaders  who, as  incumbents, met  their demise  while  serving  as  governors.

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Late. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State


Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), ex-president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and ex-Attorney General of Ondo State, was a second-term governor before his demise. Known fondly as “Aketi,” he was acknowledged by many of his contemporaries as a dogged leader with unbending personal convictions.

Until his passing, he chaired the Southern Governors’ Forum, a body consisting of governors from 17 states in Southern Nigeria.

Patrick Yakowa

Late. Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State


Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa served as governor of Kaduna State from 2010 to 2012 when he tragically died in a helicopter crash in Ogbia Creek, Bayelsa state. Initially appointed deputy governor in July 2005, he returned as Kaduna’s number two citizen in the April 2007 election, eventually becoming governor on May 20, 2010.

Mamman Bello Ali

Late. Governor Mamman Bello Ali of Yobe State


Mamman Bello Ali, representing Yobe South Senatorial District between 1999 and 2007, chaired the senate committee on public account. He contested and won the governorship election in Yobe in 2007 under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and held office until his passing in 2009 due to leukemia while receiving treatment in a hospital in Florida, United States.

Shehu Kangiwa

In Memoriam: Four Governor's who passed away in office
Late. Governor Shehu Kangiwa of Sokoto State


Shehu Kangiwa, the governor of Sokoto State, died in office in a polo accident in January 1982. Known as the ‘Smiling governor,’ Kangiwa was elected governor of Sokoto under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

Unfortunately, his administration was short-lived as he died in November 1981, falling from a horse while playing polo in the 1981 edition of the Georgian League in Kaduna.

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He left behind nine children at the time. The Shehu Kangiwa Cup, sponsored by the Sokoto State Government, was presented in his memory in 1982 by Unisteel Ltd.

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