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Two Causes of Governors' and Their Predecessors' Power Struggles

Most Nigerian governors have a habit of disagreeing with their predecessors shortly after taking office.

If the governor and his predecessor belong to different political parties, the dispute is anticipated and understandable.

Conflict between governors and their predecessors, on the other hand, can also occur amongst members of the same political party.

Governors have recently had severe disagreements with their predecessors, who are also members of their respective parties.

Consider the ongoing feud in Osun State between Governor Gboyega Oyetola and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.

In recent months, the disagreement has escalated, resulting in violence between followers of both presidents.

The problem was also evident at the All Progressives state congress, where factions loyal to both politicians held their congresses in separate venues.

An excellent illustration is the situation in Ogun State. In addition, Governor Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, Ibikunle Amosun, are at odds.

Another notable example is the struggle in Imo State between Governor Hope Uzodinma and Rochas Okorocha.

What could be the cause of the governors' feud with their seniors?

The following factors, in my opinion, contribute to the dispute.

1. Former governors' desire to maintain control over state politics and administration.

Political power is enticing, and no one wants to forsake the advantages that come with it.

Governors always want to install their puppets as soon as they leave office so that they can continue to rule by proxy.

In the vast majority of situations, it leads to conflict because their successors will not tolerate undue intervention in their administrations.

2. Former governors' wrongdoings always land them in hot water with their predecessors.

When a new governor takes office, the first order of business is to investigate the previous government.

The investigation is usually contentious since some past governors may have misused finances or committed unconstitutional activities that their successors cannot overlook.

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