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How To Become Governor In Nigeria

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Persons who have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country;

He has elected to the position 2 previous times;

A lunatic or person of unsound mind;

Persons under a death sentence;

Persons who have been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty within the past 10 years of the election or has contravened the Code of Conduct;

An undischarged bankrupt;

Persons employed in public service;

Member of a secret society;

Persons who have been indicted for embezzlement or fraud; and

Persons who presented a forged certificate to INEC.

It is the duty of INEC to appoint the date for the elections though such elections must be held on a date not earlier than 60 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office. Section 178 states that a candidate for the Governorship elections shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, being the only candidate nominated for the election –

He has a majority of YES votes over NO votes cast at the election; and
He has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two –thirds of all the local government areas in the State, but where the only candidate fails to be elected in accordance with this provision of the law, then there shall be fresh nominations.

Where there are 2 or more candidates, one will be deemed duly elected if –

He has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and

He has not less than one –quarter of all votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

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