But for the altercations between some state governors and their predecessors, most Nigerians would have remained in the dark about certain toxic goings on in most Government Houses across the country. Precisely between May 29, 2019 and now, the following state chief executives have been in the news over some irreconcilable differences with their predecessors: Governor Seyi Makinde versus Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu versus Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Matawelle versus Alhaji Abdullaziz Yari, Governor Bala Mohammed versus Mohammed Abubakar, and Governor Emeka Ihedioha versus Senator Rochas Okorocha (Iberiberi proponent).
The hostility between Makinde and Ajimobi is about budget performance, especially contract awards and project conception and implementation, just as Lagos State House of Assembly acts as Governor Sanwo-Olu’s proxy in the tiff with the Ambode administration over procedural breaches in the procurement of buses for the state’s mass transit initiative. Also, the point of disagreement between the incumbent and past Bauchi State governor is about administrative styles, which culminated in the setting up of an investigative panel to probe the preceding administration.
Being a throwback to the hotly contested governorship election, which involved multiple litigations before the completion of the electoral process, the report of the probe panel has also become a subject of further litigation, especially given former Governor Abubakar’s claim that he was not afforded the opportunity for a fair hearing. While the incumbent governors’ spat with their immediate successors on the basis of policy contradictions, the battles in Imo and Zamfara States stand out as fundamental and far reaching.