Nigeria’s 36 State Governors & Political Parties (2023)

The names of state governors in Nigeria are listed in the table below. Governors are chosen for a four-year term in office (maximum of two terms). The Federal Capital Territory is under the administration of a minister that the president appoints.

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Candidates for the position of governor must be elected, citizens of Nigeria by birth, at least 35 years old, members of a registered political party, and sponsored candidates of that party. Only two four-year terms are allowed for governors of states under the Nigerian constitution.

OATH OF OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA

The Nigerian Constitution establishes the following oath of office for state governors who won the election into their various offices:

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.

FULL LIST OF 36 STATES GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA & POLITICAL PARTIES (2023)

State Governor Political Party
Abia Okezie Ikpeazu People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Adamawa Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Akwa Ibom Udom Emmanuel People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Anambra Charles Soludo All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
Bauchi Bala Mohammed People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Bayelsa Duoye Diri People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Benue Samuel Ortom People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Borno Babagana Zulum All Progressives Congress (APC)
Cross River Ben Ayade All Progressives Congress (APC)
Delta Ifeanyi Okowa People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Ebonyi Dave Umahi All Progressives Congress (APC)
Edo Godwin Obaseki People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Ekiti Biodun Oyebanji All Progressives Congress (APC)
Enugu Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Gombe Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya All Progressives Congress (APC)
Imo Hope Uzodinma All Progressives Congress (APC)
Jigawa Muhammad Badaru Abubakar All Progressives Congress (APC)
Kaduna Nasir El-Rufai All Progressives Congress (APC)
Kano Abdullahi Ganduje All Progressives Congress (APC)
Katsina Aminu Bello Masari All Progressives Congress (APC)
Kebbi Atiku Bagudu All Progressives Congress (APC)
Kogi Yahaya Bello All Progressives Congress (APC)
Kwara Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq All Progressives Congress (APC)
Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu All Progressives Congress (APC)
Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule All Progressives Congress (APC)
Niger Abubakar Sani Bello All Progressives Congress (APC)
Ogun Dapo Abiodun All Progressives Congress (APC)
Ondo Rotimi Akeredolu All Progressives Congress (APC)
Osun Ademola Adeleke People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Oyo Seyi Makinde People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Plateau Simon Lalong All Progressives Congress (APC)
Rivers Nyesom Wike People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Sokoto Aminu Tambuwal People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Taraba Darius Ishaku People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Yobe Mai Mala Buni All Progressives Congress (APC)
Zamfara Bello Matawalle People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

According to INEC data, the following political parties are the affiliations of these governors:

All Progressives Congress (APC) controls 21 states
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) controls 14 states
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) controls 1 state

CONCLUSION

These state governors are recognized as the legitimate occupants of their various offices in the 36 states of the federation. The office of the governor is one of the most powerful political positions in the country and the number one citizen of the state. We would update this list of Nigeria’s 36 governors if there are any changes as elections hold in the country.

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Ikenwa Chizoba is the founder and head of the research team at Nigerian Infofinder. He is also an experienced journalist, web designer, content creator and SEO specialist.

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