Meet 10 Prominent Nigerian Politicians Who Have Been in Government Since 1999 Till Date – After the colonial masters rule us for years hand over to military, it was olusegun obasanjo that start ruling in the civilian rule in Nigeria. Since Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999, some politicians in the country have been in government, holding various political positions for over two decades.
Below Is The List Of 10 Prominent Nigerian Politicians Who Have Been in Government since 1999 Till Date;
1. Ahmad Lawan:
Ahmad Lawan is the current president of the Senate. He has been in the National Assembly since 1999. Lawan started from being a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 before moving to the Senate where he is representing Yobe North senatorial district.
2. Orji Uzor Kalu:
Orji Uzor Kalu was the governor of Abia state from 1999 to 2007. He is currently in the Senate.
3. Rotimi Amaechi:
Between 1999 and 2007, Rotimi Amaechi served as the speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. He went on to become the state governor and ruled for eight years. In 2015, Amaechi was appointed minister and was also re-appointed in 2019.
4. Rochas Okorocha:
Rochas Okorocha first served as a commissioner of the Federal Character Commission in 1999. He later governed Imo state for eight years. He is currently in the Senate.
5. Ike Ekweremadu:
Senator Ike Ekweremadu first served as chief of staff to the then governor of Enugu state between 1999 and 2001. Between 2001 and 2002, he served as the Secretary to the Enugu state government. In 2003, he crossed over to the Senate where he has been up till this moment.
6. Chris Ngige:
In 1999, Chris Ngige served as an assistant national secretary and zonal secretary of the PDP in the southeast. He was elected governor in 2003 but was removed in controversial circumstances. From 2011 to 2015, he represented Anambra Central senatorial district in the Senate. In 2015, President Buhari appointed him as a minister. He was reappointed in 2019.
7. Danjuma Goje:
Danjuma Goje in 1999 served as minister of state for power under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He went on to become the governor of Gombe state and served for eight years (2003 to 2011). In 2011, he moved to the Senate where he is representing Gombe Central.
8. Raji Fashola:
From 1999 to 2007, Raji Fashola served as the chief of staff to the former Lagos governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He later succeeded Tinubu as Lagos governor and ruled Lagos for eight years. In 2015, he was appointed minister of works, power and housing. In 2019, he was retained as a minister in the Ministry of Works and Housing.
9. Sam Egwu:
Sam Egwu served two terms as governor of Ebonyi state. He was later appointed a minister in 2008. He is currently in the Senate.
10. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje:
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje served as deputy governor when Rabiu Kwankwaso governed Kano between 1999 and 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the special adviser (political) to the then minister of defence, Kwankwaso. Between 2011 and 2015, he was deputy governor again when Kwankwaso was re-elected as governor. Since 2015, he has been the governor of Kano state.