Current List of 36 State Governors in Nigeria & Political Parties (2023)
Before we delve into the names of state governors in Nigeria and their parties, note that the Nigerian constitution stipulates that “A person shall be eligible for the office of State Governor in Nigeria if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria by birth, at least 35 years of age, is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party.
The constitution limits these Nigerian state governors to only two terms of four-year terms in office. Below is a compiled list of the 36 state governors in Nigeria.
This 2023, elections will be dully held in many states for governors while state assemblies will also have their elections in the 36 states. The states that won’t participate in the governorship elections are Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Anambra and Osun states as the tenures of their governors are yet to expire.
As it stands, APC has more control in majority of the states in Nigeria while PDP won few other states especially in the southern region of the country.
We shall update the list of governors elected this 2023 election and if there are changes, we shall dully add them as some states might still hold their elections.
LIST OF 36 STATE GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA 2023
Abia State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu, PDP. Adamawa State, Jibrilla Jindow, APC. Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom, PDP. Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, APGA. Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, APC (Bala Mohammed of PDP leading but awaits court’s decision) Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, PDP. Benue State, Samuel Ortom, PDP. Borno State, Kashim Shettima, APC. Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, APC. Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, PDP. Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, APC. Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, PDP. Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, PDP. Ekiti State, John OluKayode Fayemi, APC Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, APC. Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, APC (supreme court declared him winner). Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, APC. Kaduna State, Nasirel Rufai, APC. Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, APC. Kano State, Umar Ganduje, APC. Katsina State, Aminu Masari, APC. Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, APC. Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, APC. Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC. Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, APC. Niger State, Abubakar Sanu-Lulu Bello, APC. Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, APC. Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, APC. Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, PDP (Tribunal declared him winner) Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, PDP. Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, APC. Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, PDP. Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, APC. Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, PDP. Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, APC. Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, APC. Abuja F.C.T, Mohammed Bello
Nigerians cast their ballots for their preferred candidates for governor on December 18 in 28 states of the federation, representing a variety of political parties. The Independent National Electoral Commission is now announcing the election’s results (INEC).
After the presidential election, the political landscape in many states shifted, with political groups clinging to wins after falling to the opposition on February 25.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) had previously lost the presidential election in Lagos to the Labour Party, but things turned around during the governorship elections held on Saturday. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC has been named the victor, with Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party coming in a distant second. While there were numerous instances of reported violence and voter suppression throughout the election, the LP candidate alleged rigging.
The same thing happened in Oyo, where Teslim Folarin of the APC trailed Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a significant margin, in contrast to what happened during the presidential election, which the APC won.
The PDP had won the presidential election in Katsina, but the APC quickly gained control of the scene after INEC declared Dikko Radda of the APC the election’s victor.
In Kaduna, the race between Uba Sani of the APC and his rival from the PDP is close, and a winner has not yet been named. Nonetheless, in Sokoto, APC triumphed against PDP despite the latter party winning the state’s presidential election.
Although the PDP’s Dauda Lawal is ahead of the APC’s Bello Matawalle as governor of Zamfara after results from five of the state’s 14 local governments were made public, the APC won the presidential election there.
Despite the governor of Benue endorsing the LP’s Peter Obi, the APC won the state’s presidential election and is currently in the lead in the race for governor.
In Ogun, APC governor Dapo Abiodun narrowly overcame his PDP rival, who had contested the INEC declaration, to keep his position.
Badaru Abubakar, the departing governor of Jigawa, joined the group of APC leaders who had won both the governorship and the presidential elections in their respective states. The APC’s Umar Namadi was proclaimed the winner, and Sule Lamido, a former governor of the state and PDP leader, was unable to install his son as the next governor.
In Kano, the NNPP has gained the majority of the votes, just like it did in the presidential election. On Monday morning, INEC is anticipated to announce that the NNPP has won the governorship race. In the tight race between the APC and PDP in Kebbi, a winner has not yet been announced.
Plateau supported the LP’s Peter Obi in the presidential election, but the PDP and the APC are presently in a close contest for the governorship, and this is quickly changing.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdurazak of the APC won a second term in Kwara. Niger State has also been kept by the APC.
With just one local government still to be chosen, Aishatu Binani of the APC lags Governor Umaru Fintiri of the PDP in Adamawa. Binani, on the other hand, thinks she stands a good chance of narrowing the gap with a decisive victory in Fufore, the final local government. She wants to become the first female state governor in Nigeria.
If he retains his early advantage, APC Governor Babagana Zulum has a good chance of winning re-election in Borno. The current governors of the APC have been re-elected in Gombe and Yobe.
The Obi tsunami is still a serious threat to the southeast, but it is not without problems. For instance, the LP is comfortably ahead in Abia while having trouble with the PDP in Enugu. Nonetheless, the APC candidate for governor of Ebonyi is expected to be proclaimed victorious.
The Obi tsunami is dead in Rivers since the PDP and APC are battling it out for the win, with the APC now leading. The APC governorship candidate in Cross River enjoys a sizable advantage. Meanwhile, PDP has jumped out to an early lead in the governorship poll in Delta.
FULL LIST OF NIGERIA’S 36 STATE GOVERNORS, THEIR DEPUTES AND POLITICAL PARTIES (2023)
|STATE||GOVERNOR||DEPUTY GOVERNOR||PARTY||TOOK OFFICE||TERM END|
|Alex Otti||Ikechukwu Emetu||LP||2023||2027|
|Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri||Kaletapwa Farauta||PDP||2019||2027|
Akwa Ibom State
|Umo Eno||Akon Eyakenyi||PDP||2023||2027|
|Charles Soludo||Onyeka Ibezim||APGA||2022||2026|
|Bauchi State||Bala Muhammed||Auwal Jatau||PDP||2019||2027|
|Douye Diri||Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo||PDP||2020[a]||2024|
|Benue State||Hyacinth Alia||Samuel Ode||APC||2023||2027|
|Borno State||Babagana Zulum||Umar Usman Kadafur||APC||2019||2027|
|Cross River State||Bassey Otu||Peter Odey||APC||2023||2027|
|Delta State||Sheriff Oborevwori||Monday Onyeme||PDP||2023||2027|
|Ebonyi State||Francis Nwifuru||Patricia Obila||APC||2023||2027|
|Edo State||Godwin Obaseki||Philip Shaibu||PDP||2016||2024|
|Ekiti State||Biodun Oyebanji||Monisade Afuye||APC||2022||2026|
|Enugu State||Peter Mbah||Ifeanyi Ossai||PDP||2023||2027|
|Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya||Manasseh Daniel Jatau||APC||2019||2027|
|Hope Uzodinma||Placid Njoku||APC||2020||2024|
|Jigawa State||Umar Namadi||Aminu Usman||APC||2023||2027|
|Kaduna State||Uba Sani||Hadiza Balarabe||APC||2023||2027|
|Kano State||Abba Kabir Yusuf||Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo||NNPP||2023||2027|
|Katsina State||Dikko Umaru Radda||Faruk Lawal Jobe||APC||2023||2027|
|Kebbi State||Nasir Idris||Abubakar Umar Argungu||APC||2023||2027|
|Kogi State||Yahaya Bello||Edward Onoja||APC||2016[e]||2024|
|Kwara State||AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq||Kayode Alabi||APC||2019||2027|
|Lagos State||Babajide Sanwo-Olu||Femi Hamzat||APC||2019||2027|
|Nasarawa State||Abdullahi Sule||Emmanuel Akabe||APC||2019||2027|
|Niger State||Mohammed Umar Bago||Yakubu Garba||APC||2023||2027|
|Ogun State||Dapo Abiodun||Noimot Salako-Oyedele||APC||2019||2027|
|Ondo State||Rotimi Akeredolu||Lucky Aiyedatiwa||APC||2017||2025|
|Ademola Adeleke||Kola Adewusi||PDP||2022||2026|
|Oyo State||Seyi Makinde||Bayo Lawal||PDP||2019||2027|
|Plateau State||Caleb Mutfwang||Josephine Piyo||PDP||2023||2027|
|Rivers State||Siminalayi Fubara||Ngozi Odu||PDP||2023||2027|
|Sokoto State||Ahmad Aliyu||Idris Muhammad Gobir||APC||2023||2027|
|Taraba State||Agbu Kefas||Aminu Abdullahi Alkali||PDP||2023||2027|
|Yobe State||Mai Mala Buni||Idi Barde Gubana||APC||2019||2027|
|Zamfara State||Dauda Lawal||Mani Mallam Mummuni||PDP||2023||2027|
From the above you can deduce that the names of APC governors in Nigeria are more in number because they are the leading party that recently won majority of the governors seats in Nigeria.
FULL LIST OF NAMES OF ALL NEW WINNERS IN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS ACROSS NIGERIA 2023
- Abba Kabir (Kano) NNPP
- Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) APC
- Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) APC
- AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara) APC
- Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe) APC
- Mai Mala Muni (Yobe) APC
- AbdulRahman Sule (Nasarawa) APC
- Babagana Zulum (Borno) APC
- Umar Namadi (Jigawa) APC
- Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto (Sokoto) APC
- Dikko Radda (Katsina) APC
- Uba Sani (Kaduna) APC
- Bassey Otu (Cross River) APC
- Mohammed Bago (Niger) APC
- Fr. Hyacinth Alia (Benue) APC
- Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi) APC
- Seyi Makinde (Oyo) PDP
- Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) PDP
- Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom) PDP
- Siminialayi Fubara (Rivers) PDP
- Kefas Agbu (Taraba) PDP
- Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau) PDP
- Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta) PDP
- Dauda Lawal (Zamfara) PDP