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.


  1. Abia State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu,  PDP.
  2. Adamawa State, Jibrilla Jindow, APC.
  3. Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom, PDP.
  4. Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, 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, PDP.
  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, PDP.
  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. Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, APC.
  20. Kano State, Umar Ganduje, APC.
  21. Katsina State, Aminu Masari, APC.
  22. Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, APC.
  23. Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, APC.
  24. Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC.
  25. Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, APC.
  26. Niger State, Abubakar Sanu-Lulu Bello, APC.
  27. Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, APC.
  28. Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, APC.
  29. Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, PDP (Tribunal declared him winner)
  30. Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, PDP.
  31. Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, APC.
  32. Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, PDP.
  33. Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, APC.
  34. Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, PDP.
  35. Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, APC.
  36. Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, APC.
  37. Abuja F.C.T, Mohammed Bello

Nigerians cast their ballots for their preferred candidates for governor on March 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.


Abia State
Okezie Ikpeazu
Ude Oko Chukwu PDP 2015 2023
Adamawa State
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Crowther Seth PDP 2019 2023
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Akwa Ibom State
Udom Gabriel Emmanuel Moses Ekpo PDP 2015 2023
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Anambra State
Chukwuma Soludo Dr. Onyeka Ibezim APGA 2022 2026
Bauchi State Bala Muhammed Baba Tela PDP 2019 2023
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Bayelsa State

Douye Diri Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo PDP 2020[a] 2024
Benue State Samuel Ortom Benson Abounu PDP 2015 2023
Borno State BabaGana Umara Umar Usman Kadafur APC 2019 2023
Cross River State Benedict Ayade Ivara Esu APC 2015 2023
Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa Kingsley Otuaro PDP 2015 2023
Ebonyi State
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Dave Umahi Eric Kelechi Igwe APC 2015 2023
Edo State Godwin Obaseki Philip Shaibu PDP 2016 2024
Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi Bisi Egbeyemi APC 2018 2022
Enugu State Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Cecilia Ezeilo PDP 2015 2023
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Gombe State

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Manasseh Daniel Jatau APC 2019 2023
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Imo State

Hope Uzodinma Placid Njoku APC 2020 2024
Jigawa State Badaru Abubakar Umar Namadi APC 2015 2023
Kaduna State Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe APC 2015 2023
Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Nasir Yusuf Gawuna APC 2015 2023
Katsina State
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Aminu Bello Masari Mannir Yakubu APC 2015 2023
Kebbi State Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Samaila Yombe Dabai APC 2015 2023
Kogi State
Yahaya Bello Edward Onoja APC 2016 2024
Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq Kayode Alibi APC 2019 2023
Lagos State
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu Femi Hamzat APC 2019 2023
Nasarawa State
Abdullahi Sule Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe APC 2019 2023
Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello Ahmed Muhammad Ketso APC 2015 2023
Ogun State
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Dapo Abiodun Noimot Salako-Oyedele APC 2019 2023
Ondo State Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu Lucky Aiyedatiwa APC 2017 2025
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Osun State

Adegboyega Oyetola Gboyega Alabi APC 2018 2022
Oyo State Oluwaseyi Makinde Engr. Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan PDP 2019 2023
Plateau State Simon Lalong Sonni Gwanle Tyoden APC 2015 2023
Rivers State Ezenwo Nyesom Wike Ipalibo Banigo PDP 2015 2023
Sokoto State
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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Alhaji Mannir Dan’Iya PDP 2015 2023
Taraba State Darius Ishaku Haruna Manu PDP 2015 2023
Yobe State
Mai Mala Buni Idi Barade Gubana APC 2019 2023
Zamfara State Bello Matawalle Mahdi Aliyu Gusau APC 2019 2023
Abuja Bello Mohammed Ramatu Tijani APC 2015 2023

ALSO READ: Names of APC State Governors in Nigeria Currently


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

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