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.
WHAT IS A GOVERNOR?
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.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GOVERNOR?
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
HOW ARE GOVERNORS ELECTED IN NIGERIA?
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
OATH OF OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF A STATE
“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.”
WHAT IS THE CURRENT POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN NIGERIA?
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.
LIST OF CURRENT 36 STATE GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA AND THEIR POLITICAL PARTIES
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|