The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the formal presentation of certificates of return to the newly elected governors in 26 states of Nigeria, following the conclusion of the March 18 gubernatorial polls.
The issuance of certificates of return is in compliance with Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which mandates the Commission to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.
The presentation of certificates will also be extended to the newly elected lawmakers in the relevant state legislatures across the 36 states of the federation.
The ceremonies will take place in INEC offices in each state, with Wednesday, March 29, 2023 and Friday, March 31, 2023 set aside for the exercise.
Of the 28 governorship elections conducted, results have been announced in 26 states, leaving only Kebbi and Adamawa which were declared inconclusive.
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Supplementary elections are scheduled to hold in both states on Saturday, April 15 to determine the governor-elects.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 15 states, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerging victorious in nine.
The Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) won one each.
The ruling APC secured wins for 15 states, including seven re-elected governors, while the PDP secured nine victories, including two re-elected governors.
Complete List of Governors-Elect
Dapo Abiodun (APC) – Ogun State.
Umo Bassey Eno (PDP) – Akwa Ibom State.
Umar Namadi (APC) – Jigawa State.
AbdulRaman AbdulRamaq (APC ) – Kwara State.
Seyi Makinde (PDP) – Oyo State.
Bassey Otu (APC) – Cross River State.
Hyacinth Alia (APC) – Benue State.
Sheriff Oborevwori (PDP) -Delta State.
Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (APC) – Gombe State.
Mai Mala Buni (APC) – Yobe State.
Dikko Radda (APC) – Katsina State.
Kefas Agbu (PDP) – Taraba State.
Dauda Lawal (PDP) – Zamfara State.
Abdullahi Sule (APC) – Nasarawa State.
Bala Mohammed (PDP) – Bauchi State.
Babangida Zulum (APC) – Borno State.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC) – Lagos State.
Siminialayi Fubara (PDP) – Rivers State.
Uba Sani (APC) – Kaduna State.
Abba Kabir (NNPC) – Kano State.
Ahmed Aliyu (APC) – Sokoto State.
Caleb Mutfwang (PDP) – Plateau State.
Mohammed Bago (APC) – Niger State.
Francis Nwifuru (APC) – Ebonyi State.
Alex Oti (Labour Party) – Abia State.
Peter Mbah (PDP) – Enugu State.