We previously listed all 36 state governors in Nigeria. This post will specifically list all 22 APC State Governors currently in Nigeria.
Before we delve into the names of APC state governors in Nigeria, note that the APC won 19 states in the last 2019 general election which makes them the current ruling party in Nigeria while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 16 states.
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, or at least 35 years of age, and should be a member of a registered political party that is recognized by law of the land.
A political party is a platform by which group people, who share the same ideology about the way a particular country should be governed come together to seize power during an election.
In Nigeria, there are currently more than 50 recognized registered political parties this 2023 according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). APC, PDP, ANPP, KOWA, NNPP e.t.c are some of the major political parties in Nigeria.
HOW THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) WAS FORMED
The full meaning of APC is All Progressive Congress and its slogan is “CHANGE”. The current national caretaker chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is Mai Mala Buni.
To wrestle and collect power from the then ruling party, The PDP, The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with its leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) leader Buhari, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), as well as a splinter group of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP, a faction of the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party, came together to form the party in March 2013. Tom Ikimi, speaking on behalf of the ACN, Senator Annie Okonkwo, speaking for the APGA, Ibrahim Shekarau, head of the ANPP merger committee, and Garba Shehu, head of the CPC merger committee, all signed the motion.
On July 31, 2013, the party got approval from the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to become a political party. Subsequently, the three parties that had merged revoked their functioning licenses (the ACN, CPC and ANPP). Two additional organizations, the African Peoples Congress and All Patriotic Citizens, applied to register with INEC in March 2013, using the acronym APC as well.
LIST OF 22 APC STATE GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA 2023
The constitution limits these Nigerian state governors to only two terms of four-year terms in office. Below is a compiled list of the 22 All Progressive Congress state governors in Nigeria and their deputies currently.
|State||Governor||Deputy Governor||Political Party|
|Benue||Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia (new)||APC|
|Borno||Babagana Zulum||Usman Durkwa||APC|
|Cross River||Bassey Otu (new)||APC|
|Ekiti||Kayode Fayemi||Bisi Egbeyemi||APC|
|Gombe||Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya||Charles Iliya||APC|
|Imo||Hope Uzodinma||Placid Njoku||APC|
|Jigawa||Umar Namadi (new)||APC|
|Kaduna||Uba Sani (new)||APC|
|Katsina||Dikko Radda (new)||APC|
|Kebbi||Atiku Bagudu||Samaila Yombe Dabai||APC|
|Kogi||Yahaya Bello||Edward Onoja||APC|
|Kwara||AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq||Kayode Alabi||APC|
|Lagos||Babajide Sanwo-Olu||Obafemi Hamzat||APC|
|Nasarawa||Abdullahi Sule||Emmanuel Akabe||APC|
|Niger||Mohammed Bago (new)||APC|
|Ogun||Dapo Abiodun||Noimot Salako-Oyedele||APC|
|Ondo||Rotimi Akeredolu||Lucky Aiyedatiwa||APC|
|Sokoto||Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto (new)||APC|
|Yobe||Mai Mala Buni||Idi Barde Gubana||APC|
|Ebonyi||Francis Nwifuru (new)||APC|
- Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, APC.
- Ekiti State, John OluKayode Fayemi, APC.
- Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, APC.
- Jigawa State, Umar Namadi, APC.
- Kaduna State, Uba Sani, APC.
- Katsina State, Dikko Radda, APC.
- Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, APC.
- Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, APC.
- Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC.
- Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, APC.
- Niger State, Mohammed Bago, APC.
- Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, APC.
- Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, APC.
- Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, APC.
- Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, APC
- Cross River State, Bassey Otu, APC
- Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru APC
Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola APC
From the above names of APC governors in Nigeria, Osun state was lost to the PDP, which has weakened the APC hold in the west. Ondo State also held elections which saw Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress win the election.
PDP are looking to recover more states during this just concluded election this 2023. The Labour Party under Peter Obi, one of Nigeria’s influential politicians, who vied for the office of the president, got one state, Abia.
As earlier stated, APC governors are more in number because they are the leading party that won majority of the governors seats in Nigeria. Obaseki of Edo state joined PDP after APC dumped him.
We’ve got the updated list of Governors elected in the 2023 elections which was held across states in country below.
NAMES OF NEW GOVERNORS ELECT (2023)
24 of the 28 states that participated in last Saturday’s gubernatorial elections have declared their winners. The All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 15 states, including seven re-elections
- 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
The 18th March elections were characterised by voter suppression, ethnic discrimination, political thuggery, and violent attacks on voters, electoral staff, and security forces.
While the election results in the states of Kebbi and Adamawa have been declared inconclusive, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Monday that the counting of votes in the states of Abia and Enugu would be halted to allow for a review of some results in certain areas of each state.