Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)



Mr. Sam OlugbadeboOlumekunmni, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Lagos State was born on 9th July, 1954 in Okitipupa, Ondo State.

He attended the University of Lagos, Akoka and ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc, Political Science) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA), respectively.

He has attended several professional courses including;

  • London Management Centre, Seymor Place, London Department Strategies and Techniques of Management
  • Manchester Business School, Manchester/International for Top Executives Leadership Programme in “Leadership Imperatives for Organizational Growth”
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA for Fiscal Policy Training Course in “Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government”

He was first appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner in December 2011 and served in the following states during his first term of office: Ondo State (December 2011 – December 2014) Ekiti State (January 2015 – January 2016), and Edo State (February 2016 – December 2016). On the 4th of August, 2017, he was re-appointed a Resident Electoral Commissioner for the second time and posted to Lagos State.

Before his appointment as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in 2011, he held several positions including Assistant Secretary (Finance and Admin) Ministry of Justice, Ondo State (1980), Senior Assistant Secretary (Council Management), Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ondo State (1981-1983), Senior Assistant Secretary (Economic Affairs), Governor’s Office, Ondo State (1983-1985), Principal Assistant Secretary, Ondo State Liaison Office, (1985-1987), Assistant Director (Finance Establishment), Ondo State Liaison Office, Lagos (1986-1989), Deputy Director, Women Commission, Governor’s Office, Ondo State (1991-1992), Director of Protocol, Government House Protocol Department, Ondo State (1992-1997), Director, Local Government Affairs, Governor’s Office, Ondo State, Chairman/Sole Administrator, Ondo East Local Government (1998-1999), Director, Finance and Admin, General Administration Department, Governor’s Office, Ondo State (1999-2000), Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, Ondo State (2000-2001)Secretary, Cabinet Matters, Governor’s Office, Ondo State (2002-2003), Secretary, Government House Protocol, Ondo State (2003-2005), Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, Ondo State (2005-2009).

Other appointments are: Secretary, Ondo State Rural Development Fund, Member, Governing Council, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State.

He is married with children.