Top 10 Best Governors in Nigeria (2023)

Who is the best performing governor in Nigeria this 2023?

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 election held in 2019.

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.

List of the Best Governors in Nigeria (2023)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State 

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 on March 8, 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 

Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai – Kaduna State 

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai was conceived on March 16, 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

Governor  Nyesom Wike – Rivers State 

Nyesom Wike is from Rumuepirikom, Obio-Akpor, Rivers State and was conceived on March 13, 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 Infrastructure

Governor Aminu Tambuwal – Sokoto State

The Sokoto state Governor was born on 10 March 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

Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel – Akwa Ibom State

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

The prolific governor was born on 11 March 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 March 18, 2017, Udom Emmanuel was given the 2016 Leadership award for Best Governor of the Year. 

Verdict: Industrialization Strides

Governor Willie Obiano – Anambra State

Mr. Willie Obiano entered into the world on March 8, 1955 and is a Nigerian financier, technocrat, legislator and currently the fourth democratic Governor of Anambra State. 

The Governor’s education is of high as he got a four year certification in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration from a similar college. 

He join the Nigerian governmental issues and in 2013 challenged the March 16, 17 and 30 Anambra State gubernatorial decisions on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. He won the election and was confirmed on March 17, 2014 to succeed then Governor Peter Obi to be the brain behind the current success of Amambra state. 

Verdict: All-inclusive Governance

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – Enugu State

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, on March 20, 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

Governor Seyi Makinde – Oyo State

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 March 9, 2019. He was confirmed on 29th March 2019 taking over from Senator Abiola Ajimobi after the former’s eight years in office. 

Verdict: Impact Governor

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum – Borno State

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 March 9, 2019 under the foundation 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

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje – Kano State

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 2023?

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 2023.

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, Willie Obiano, 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 2023.Thanks

UPDATE: Below is the current list of the 5 Most Performing Nigerian Governors this 2023 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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Mfonobong Daniel

Daniel is an Editor on Nigerian Infopedia who craves for writing, researching and also watching soccer.


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  1. I thought Gov babajinde sanwo olu would be on the list. Is he not one of the best Governors.

  2. Uzodimma can never be on that list

  3. Gov uzodimma can never be on that list becos he is not doing anything in Imo state
    Bad road
    Lack of payment of salary
    He has no vision

  4. Sanwolu is the worse Governor in Nigeria. I don’t think so, I know so

  5. I don’t see kogi in t list ooo,is it that kogi state is not Nigeria?

  6. Akwa ibom state governor
    Udom Emmanuel is the best

  7. The worst performing governor is the Benue State governor

  8. Tochukwu osaaji Jeremiah

    Rivers State Governor His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo like is the best so far
    Abia State Governor Dr Ikpeazu is the worst

  9. Where una put Kogi state?

  10. Borno babagana umara zulum is the best governor so far

  11. Okowa. na. number. one

  12. Rivers State Governor is the best
    Abia state Governor is the worst Governor in Nigeria.

  13. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State deserved to be mentioned. He did well in the area of security and Road construction, though his people was massacred in the church but Governor El Rufai people are daily being massacred in Southern Kaduna, that does not stopped him being mentioned.

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