List of state governors of Nigeria

The following table presents a list of Nigeria's state governors. Governors are elected for a term of four years (maximum of two terms). A minister appointed by the president oversees affairs in the Federal Capital Territory.

Eligibility

A person shall be eligible for the office of Governor 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 state governors to only two four-year terms in office.

Oath of office

The Constitution of Nigeria specifies an oath of office for the State Governors of Nigeria:

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.
— Constitution of Nigeria, Seventh Schedule

List of current state governors

State Governors by Political Party Affiliation
  APC
  PDP
  APGA

The current party affiliation of the 36 state governors is:

NB: Party affiliation changes regularly as a result of the state of defections in Nigeria's political party system.

State Governor Deputy Governor Party Took office Term End Past Leaders
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Okezie Ikpeazu
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Ude Oko Chukwu PDP 2015 2023 List
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Crowther Seth PDP 2019 2023 List
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Udom Gabriel Emmanuel Moses Ekpo PDP 2015 2023 List
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Willie Obiano Nkem Okeke[a] APGA 2018 2022 List
Bauchi State
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Bala Muhammed Baba Tela PDP 2019 2023 List
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Bayelsa State
Douye Diri Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo PDP 2020[b] 2024 List
Benue State Samuel Ortom Benson Abounu PDP[c] 2015 2023 List
Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum Umar Usman Kadafur APC 2019 2023 List
Cross River State Benedict Ayade Ivara Esu APC[d] 2015 2023 List
Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa Kingsley Otuaro PDP 2015 2023 List
Ebonyi State
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Dave Umahi Eric Kelechi Igwe APC[e] 2015 2023 List
Edo State Godwin Obaseki Philip Shaibu PDP[f] 2016 2024 List
Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi Bisi Egbeyemi APC 2018 2022 List
Enugu State Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Cecilia Ezeilo PDP 2015 2023 List
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Gombe State
Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Manasseh Daniel Jatau APC 2019 2023 List
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Imo State
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Hope Uzodinma Placid Njoku APC 2020[g] 2024[h] List
Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru Abubakar Umar Namadi APC 2015 2023 List
Kaduna State Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe APC 2015 2023 List
Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Nasir Yusuf Gawuna APC 2015 2023 List
Katsina State
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Aminu Bello Masari Mannir Yakubu APC 2015 2023 List
Kebbi State Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Samaila Yombe Dabai APC 2015 2023 List
Kogi State
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Yahaya Bello Edward Onoja APC 2016[i] 2024 List
Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq Kayode Alibi APC 2019 2023 List
Lagos State
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu Femi Hamzat APC 2019 2023 List
Nasarawa State Abdullahi Sule Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe APC 2019 2023 List
Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello Ahmed Muhammad Ketso APC 2015 2023 List
Ogun State
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Dapo Abiodun Noimot Salako-Oyedele APC 2019 2023 List
Ondo State Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu Lucky Aiyedatiwa APC 2017 2025 List
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Osun State
Adegboyega Oyetola Gboyega Alabi APC 2018 2022 List
Oyo State
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Oluwaseyi Makinde Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan PDP 2019 2023 List
Plateau State Simon Lalong Sonni Gwanle Tyoden APC 2015 2023 List
Rivers State Ezenwo Nyesom Wike Ipalibo Banigo PDP 2015 2023 List
Sokoto State
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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Alhaji Mannir Dan’Iya[8] PDP[j] 2015 2023 List
Taraba State Darius Ishaku Haruna Manu PDP 2015 2023 List
Yobe State
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Mai Mala Buni Idi Barade Gubana APC 2019 2023 List
Zamfara State Bello Matawalle Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed Gusau[k] APC[l] 2019[m] 2023 List
FCT Minister Minister of State Party Took office Term End Past leaders
Abuja Bello Mohammed Ramatu Tijani APC 2015 2023 List

Notes

  1. ^ Okeke is a member of the APC, having switched to the party in 2021.
  2. ^ David Lyon of the APC was originally elected Governor; however, a February 2020 Supreme Court judgement disqualified Lyon and awarded the win to the PDP's Douye Diri.[1]
  3. ^ Samuel Ortom was first elected as a member of the APC but switched to the PDP in 2018 prior to his reelection.[2]
  4. ^ Benedict Ayade was elected and reelected as a member of the PDP but switched to the APC in 2021.[3]
  5. ^ Dave Umahi was elected and reelected as a member of the PDP but switched to the APC in 2020.[4]
  6. ^ Godwin Obaseki was first elected as a member of the APC but switched to the PDP in 2020 prior to his reelection.[5]
  7. ^ Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP was originally elected Governor; however, a January 2020 Supreme Court judgement awarded the win to the APC's Hope Uzodinma after Ihedioha had governed for over seven months.[6]
  8. ^ Due to Uzodinma's belated inauguration, the next Imo gubernatorial election will be in 2024 instead of 2023.[7]
  9. ^ In 2015, APC's candidate Abubakar Audu won the Kogi gubernatorial election but died shortly afterwards. As runner-up in the APC primary, Yahaya Bello was declared Governor-elect.
  10. ^ Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was first elected as a member of the APC but switched to the PDP in 2018 prior to his reelection.[9]
  11. ^ Mohammed Gusau is a member of the PDP, having not switched to the APC when Matawalle did in 2021.
  12. ^ Bello Matawalle was elected as a member of the PDP but switched to the APC in 2021.[10]
  13. ^ Mukhtar Shehu Idris of the APC was originally elected Governor; however, a May 2019 Supreme Court judgement disqualified Idris and awarded the win to Bello Matawalle, then of the PDP.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Supreme Court Sacks Lyon As Bayelsa Governor-Elect, Hours Before Inauguration". Channels TV. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  2. ^ "UPDATED: Benue governor, Ortom, defects to PDP". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "BREAKING: Cross River Governor, Ayade Dumps PDP For APC". Sahara Reporters. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. ^ Eze, James (17 November 2020). "Why I dumped PDP for APC — Umahi". Premium Times. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  5. ^ Ayitogo, Nasir (19 June 2020). "Edo 2020: Obaseki joins PDP". Premium Times. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ Adesomoju, Ade (14 January 2020). "Supreme Court voids Ihedioha's election, declares APC Uzodinma Imo governor". The Punch. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  7. ^ Sobechi, Leo (16 January 2020). "How Supreme Court's ruling forces Imo State into off-season guber polls". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
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  9. ^ "ICYMI: Sokoto Gov Tambuwal leaves APC for PDP". The Punch. August 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  10. ^ Altine, Maiharaji (29 June 2021). "Matawalle dumps PDP, becomes APC leader in Zamfara". The Punch. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Zamfara: Supreme Court rule say APC no get legit votes for 2019 elections inside Zamfara state". BBC News Pidgin (in Nigerian Pidgin). May 24, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.

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