Full List of State Governors in Nigeria & Political Parties (2024)

In this post, we will list out the names of current state governors in Nigeria and their political parties. There are over 35 state governors in Nigeria excluding Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which is currently under the Presidency. The Nigerian President, appoints a minister for Abuja, who serves as its governor. The difference between a Nigerian state governor and a minister is this – a governor is elected as is the number one citizen of his state while a minister is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Senate.

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A governor is the head of the executive branch of a state government in countries like the United States and even in Nigeria. The governor also known as the Chief Security Officer of the state is responsible for carrying out the laws of the state and overseeing the state government.


The responsibilities of the current state governors is the same across all board in Nigeria. Their roles as entrenched in the 1999 constitution include:

  • Appointing state officials
  • Vetoing or signing bills passed by the state legislature
  • Developing and implementing the state budget
  • Overseeing the state’s police and other law enforcement agencies
  • Managing the state’s natural resources
  • Promoting economic development
  • Representing the state at national and international events


Governors in Nigeria are elected by the people of their state to a four-year term. To be eligible to run for governor, a candidate must be a citizen of Nigeria, at least 35 years old, and have a minimum educational qualification of a West African School Certificate (WASC) or its equivalent.

If the person wins and he or she is elected, below is the oath of office of the governors’ office he must abide by


“I do solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as the Governor of ……. State, I will discharge my duty to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will exercise the authority vested in me as Governor so as not to impede or prejudice the authority lawfully vested in the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and so as not to endanger the continuance of Federal Government in Nigeria; that I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions; that I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifty Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will; that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as Governor of ……… State, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as Governor; and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So help me God.”


According to The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official website, Nigeria, being a multi-party democracy has 19 registered political parties that can contest during an election. There are also two major political parties: the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The APC is currently the ruling party at the federal level, while the PDP controls most state governments.

The current political landscape in Nigeria is characterized by a number of challenges. They include: Corruption, Poverty, Inequality, Insecurity, Ethnic and religious tensions.


In Nigeria, the current party affiliations of the current 36 state governors are:

  • 20 All Progressive Congress (APC)
  • 13 People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • 1 All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
  • 1 Labour Party (LP)
  • 1 New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)

Here are the names of the current state governors in Nigeria and their political parties this 2023.

State Governor Deputy Governor Party Took Office Term End
Abia State Alex Otti Ikechukwu Emetu LP 2023 2027
Adamawa State Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Kaletapwa Farauta PDP 2019 2027
Akwa Ibom State Umo Eno Akon Eyakenyi PDP 2023 2027
Anambra State Charles Soludo Onyeka Ibezim APGA 2022 2026
Bauchi State Bala Muhammed Auwal Jatau PDP 2019 2027
Bayelsa State 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[b] 2016 2024
Ekiti State Biodun Oyebanji Monisade Afuye APC 2022 2026
Enugu State Peter Mbah Ifeanyi Ossai PDP 2023 2027
Gombe State Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Manasseh Daniel Jatau APC 2019 2027
Imo State Hope Uzodinma Placid Njoku APC 2020[c] 2024[d]
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
Osun State 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
Territory Minister Minister of State Party Took Office Term End
Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure PDP 2023 2027

Chizoba Ikenwa

Chizoba is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the founder of Nigerian Infopedia. He is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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