Top 10 Best Governors in Nigeria (2024)


It is very important that we access the governors of the various states in Nigeria as the year runs out. Holding public office holders accountable is the right and duty of every citizen in the country.

Nigeria has 36 states with 35 governors and a minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Most of the governors were re-elected during the last general elections. This list shall be re-updated after the new governors are sworn in. While some of these governors have certain bad political traits which makes them hated by some people, we would only focus on their performances in office as the heads of their states.

When considering the generality of governors in Nigeria, you can surely relate which one performs exceedingly. This is through the examination of the different projects an influences effected by each individual Governors. This is our focus here as we have outlined the most performing governors in the country after evaluating what they have done on ground.


Below are the top rated Nigerian governors based on performance this year


Throughout the long stretches of his administration, Ifeanyi Okowa has demonstrated to be deserving of his post, as he was commended by individuals of Delta State. At the Governance Poll, he won the title of best Governor in grassroots and individuals improvement. He is especially occupied with giving the young more open doors for a superior future. 

Ifeanyi Okowa was conceived in 1959 in Owa-Alero, Delta State. Before wandering into government issues, he got a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan and went through quite a while filling in as a clinical medical official.

Verdict: Grassroots and People Development 


Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai was conceived in 1960 in Daudawa, Faskari LGA, Katsina State. He spent his early stages in Kaduna State and has a few degrees in his possession, remembering a Bachelor’s qualification for Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, a LLB from the University of London and a Master’s certificate in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard). 

Before entering into political issues, el-Rufai was associated with structural designing and building. After a somewhat effective profession in that field, he turned into the Minister of the FCT in 2003-2007. 

Nasir Kaduna became a State Governor in 2015. He annulled school charges at Kaduna’s primary and junior schools, and presenting free day by day suppers, winning himself a title of the best senator in educational training.

Verdict: Best on Educational Advancement


Nyesom Wike is from Rumuepirikom, Obio-Akpor, Rivers State and was conceived in 1967 in his hometown. He is a profoundly taught man, with degrees in Law, Administrative and Political Studies. Before diving into government issues, Wike invested some energy in private law practice. 

In 2015, Nyesom Wike continued his ebb and flow to the position of the Governor of Rivers State. Recently at the Governance Poll, he won the title of best senator in the nation for infrastructural advancement which  is wholely on roads.

Verdict: Road and Bridge Infrastructure


The Sokoto state Governor was born in 1966 in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal. He went to Town Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he acquired Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1979; and Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he got the Teachers Grade II Certificate in 1984. In 1991, he contemplated Law and got his BL at Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. He finished his one year necessary lawful examinations at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, and acquired a LLB, Barrister at Law, degree in 1992. Today, the governor is in the young generation of leaders who have impacted much in the country.

Verdict: Good Initiator


Udom Emmanuel is the administrative leader of Akwa Ibom State, and was in office since 29 February 2015. He ran effectively for the workplace of the governor on February 2015 elections on the platform of the state’s People’s Democratic Party. 

The prolific governor was born in 1966 in his hometown in Onna. He has a life partner, Martha Udom.

On education, Udom had trainings at UNILAG, INSEAD Europe Campus and London Business School and he is today a certified professional banker.

His accomplishments in the state includes;

First Led processing plant at Itam, First Shoprite at Ibom Tropicana, Automobile Assembly Plant at Itu, Construction of significant federal and state roads, Youth Empowerment Programmes and the DAAR Communications Broadcasting Complex, Abak 

In 2017, Udom Emmanuel was given the 2016 Leadership award for Best Governor of the Year. 

Verdict: Industrialization Strides


The Governor of Enugu State, rose through the business and political discipline to accomplish elevated statures that today stand him out as one of the most well known governors in the country.  He was conceived in Enugu city, the capital of present-day Enugu state, in 1964 to guardians who hailed from Orba in the present Udenu Local Government Area of the state. 

Ugwanyi’s administration has in so short a period become an exercise in monstrous developments that is step by step surprising pieces of the state and graduating semi-urban zones to new urban regions while affecting a developing mass development for opening up of provincial regions of the state 

Verdict: People Oriented Development


Engr. Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde is the 28th official Governor of Oyo State. Aside from being a regarded governor, he is an engineer, businessman and a prepared specialist on liquid and gas metering. Likewise, Seyi Makinde was the previous Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited. 

The Governor’s fantasy about becoming the Governor of Oyo State at last came through in 2019. In the long run, He was chosen into the office of the executive head of Oyo State at the 2019 gubernatorial race in February 9, 2019. He was confirmed in 2019 taking over from Senator Abiola Ajimobi after the former’s eight years in office, and still won a second tenure this 2024 due to his performance. 

Verdict: Impact Governor


Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum is a Nigerian educator, engineer and governor. He was chosen as the administrative leader of Borno State in the governorship election of 2019 under the political party of the All Progressive Congress.

The governor who is also a professor had a formal education at the University of Maiduguri (2005–2009), University of Ibadan (1997–1998), Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri (1998).

The governor is seen as a fast implement leader due to what he has erected after few months  in office.

Verdict: Prolific Leader


Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s energy to serve his kin was the driver behind his choice to join governmental line. Somewhere in 1984 and 1994, he held different government positions in the Federal Capital Development Authority Abuja, and in 1994 he turned into the Honorable Commissioner of Ministry of Works, Housing, and Transport, Kano. In 1999, he was named Deputy Governor of Kano State under Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, a position he held until 2003. From 2005 and 2006, he was Special Adviser on Policy to the Hon. Minister of Defense. In 2011, he was designated the Deputy Governor of Kano State, before turning out to be Executive Governor in 2015. 

Governor Ganduje holds a PhD in Public Administration and organization from the University of Ibadan, and Masters on Public Administration (MPA) from the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and a Masters (M.ed) in Public research from the Bayero University Kano. 

Additionally, the governor has endeavored to make Kano State progressively appealing to financial specialists and dispatch activities to improve the economy, framework, and joblessness in the state.


Which among the current governors do you think should be given the award for the best governor in Nigeria this 2024?

Who do you also think performed well in terms of infrastructural, educational, social, economic, agricultural, security development?

Who among the list will you rate worst in terms of governance in Nigeria? That is the governor that least performed in Nigeria

Below are the names of the current governors of all the 36 states in Nigeria. Please use the comment section to select your best and least performing governor in Nigeria 2024.

State Governors in Nigeria

  1. Abia State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu,  PDP.
  2. Adamawa State, Jibrilla Jindow, APC.
  3. Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom, PDP.
  4. Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, APGA.
  5. Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, APC (Bala Mohammed of PDP leading but awaits court’s decision)
  6. Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, PDP.
  7. Benue State, Samuel Ortom, APC.
  8. Borno State, Kashim Shettima, APC.
  9. Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, APC.
  10. Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, PDP.
  11. Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, APC.
  12. Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, APC.
  13. Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, PDP.
  14. Ekiti State, John OluKayode Fayemi, APC
  15. Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, APC.
  16. Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, APC (supreme court declared him winner).
  17. Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, APC.
  18. Kaduna State, Nasirel Rufai, APC.
  19. Kano State, Umar Ganduje, APC.
  20. Katsina State, Aminu Masari, APC.
  21. Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, APC.
  22. Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, APC.
  23. Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC.
  24. Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, APC.
  25. Niger State, Abubakar Sanu-Lulu Bello, APC.
  26. Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, APC.
  27. Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, APC.
  28. Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, PDP (Tribunal declared him winner)
  29. Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, PDP.
  30. Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, APC.
  31. Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, PDP.
  32. Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, APC.
  33. Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, PDP.
  34. Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, APC.
  35. Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, PDP.
  36. Abuja F.C.T, Mohammed Bello

Please use the comment section to select your best and least performing governor in Nigeria 2024.Thanks

UPDATE: Below is the current list of the 5 Most Performing Nigerian Governors this 2024 in descending order.

  • Aminu Tambuwal: Sokoto state Governor.
  • Okezie Ikpeazu: Governor of Abia state Governor.
  • Willie Obiano: Anambra state Governor.
  • Nyesom Wike: Governor Rivers state Governor. (best)
  • Abdullahi Ganduje: Kano state Governor.

Most people are of the opinion that Kogi state governor is the worst perforning governor in the country. Use the comment section to air your views below.

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Oluchi Chukwu

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