Governorship elections are not held the same day for all the governors in Nigeria. Such elections are only held on March 9 for 29 governors. In this post, we’ll give you the full list of the 36 current state governors in Nigeria irrespective of when elections were held.
Updated current state governors in Nigeria
- Abia State: Okezie Ikpeazu
- Adamawa State: Umaru Fintiri
- Akwa Ibom State: Udom Emmanuel
- Anambra: Willie Obiano
- Bauchi state:Bala Mohammed
- Bayelsa: Seriake Henry Dickson
- Benue State: Samuel Ortom
- Borno: Prof. Babagana Zulum
- Cross River: Ben Ayade
- Delta State: Ifeanyi Okowa
- David Umahi (PDP, Ebonyi)
- Edo State: Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki
- Ekiti State: Kayode Fayemi
- Enugu State: Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
- Gombe State: Inuwa Yahaya
- Imo Stte: Emeka Ihedioha
- Jigawa State: Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
- Kaduna: Nasir el-Rufai
- Kano: Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
- Katsina: Aminu Masari
- Kebbi State: Abubakar Bagudu
- Kogi State: Yahaya Bello
- Kwara: Abdulrazaq AbdulRahman
- Lagos: Babajide Sanwo-Olu
- Nasarawa State: Engr. Abdullahi Sule
- Niger State: Abubakar Bello
- Ogun State: Dapo Abiodun
- Ondo State: Rotimi Akeredolu
- Sosun: Gboyega Oyetola
- Oyo State: Seyi Makinde
- Plateau State: Simon Lalong
- Rivers: Nyesom Wike
- Sokoto: Aminu Tambuwal
- Taraba State: Darius Ishaku
- Yobe State: Mai-Mala Buni
- Zamfara State: Bello Mutawalle
Let’s tell a few things about the above current state governors in Nigeria. We’ll take a dive into their full bio in our subsequent articles.
His full name is Okezie Victor Ikpeazu and he’s the 9th and current Governor of Abia State.
He came to office on May 29, 2015. He was reelected in the 2019 election. His second term elapses on May 29, 2023. He’s a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is the current number one man in Adamawa. He was one of the guber candidate that unseat an incumbent governor in March 9, 2019 governorship election. He is a member of PPD. He defeated Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after a rerun.
His first term in office will come to an end on May 29, 2023.
Welcome to Akwa Ibom State where the current state governor of the state is Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. He first came into office on May 29, 2015 and won reelection.
So his second term in office will terminate by May 29, 2023. He’s member of PDP.
Willie Obiano is the only governor of All Progressive grand Alliance (APGA). He assumed office on March 17, 2014. His term terminates March 17, 2022.
Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is the current governor of Bauchi State and a member of PDP.
He was the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
Seriake Henry Dickson
Seriake Henry Dickson is a member of PDP and current Bayelsa State governor. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 until 2012.
He assumed office on February 14, 2012, his second term will elapse by February 14, 2020, making Bayelsa one of the states where governorship election can’t be held as other 29 states.
Samuel Ioraer Ortom is one of the most inconsistent politicians in Nigeria and one of those who rose from nothing to something huge. Presently he’s the governor of Benue State under PDP.
He first came into office on May 29, 2015 under APC, but changed party before 2019 election and won reelection on the platform of of PDP.
God’s will he will rule Benue till May 29, 2023. He’s second term governor.
Prof. Babagana Zulum
Babagana Zulum, a professor of soil and water was sworn as governor of Borno State, the most troubled state in terms of security in Nigeria. His first in office will end on May 29, 2023.
He has a huge task ahead of him ruling a state that has been attacked severally by the dreaded Boko Haram. He is a member of the ruling APC.
We wish him the best, all the same.
Ben Ayade is another professor who is the current governor of Cross River State. He’s a member of PDP. He’s in his second term which will terminate by May 29, 2023.
Welcome to the oil rich state of Delta where Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is the incumbent state governor of the state.
Okowa is a member of opposition PDP who first came into office on May 29, 2015, he won reelection and will rule the oil rich state till May 29, 2023.
We bring to you David Nweze Umahi, one of the most diplomatic state governors in Nigeria. He’s the governor of Ebonyi State, a member of PDP.
He is on his second term which comes to an end on May 29, 2023.
Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki
Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is a political ally of the incumbent and troubled APC national chairman and former governor of the Edo Adams Oshiomole.
Obaseki came into office on November 12, 2016, his first term comes to an end by November 12, 2020, hopefully he’d recontest.
He’s a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress.
Dr Kayode Fayemi is the current governor of Ekiti State and one of the most trusted friends of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fayemi was a former Minister before he resigned to come back to contest, won and rule the fountain of knowledge for the second time and term.
He first ruled Ekiti between 2010 to 2014. He was defeated by his predecessor Ayodele Fayose.
However, He came back 2018 and won and was sworn in on October 16, 2018.
If hear “Gburugburu” then your mind should go straight to Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the incumbent governor of Enugu under PDP.
He is a second term governor and his terms come to and end on May 29, 2023.
Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya is a first timer governor of Gombe under the All Progressive Congress (APC). He kicked out PDP from the Northern State.
Emeka Ihedioha is a communication expert before joining politics as far back as 1992 at the age of 27 was appointed press officer to the Senate President at the time Chief Iyorchia Ayu.
He is one of the current state governors in Nigeria. He defeated the APC from Imo State.
He’s a member of PDP and was officially sworn in on May 29, 2019. He’s a first timer and former member of the House of Representatives where he also served as the deputy speaker.
Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
Welcome to the Northern state of Jigawa where the current governor of the state is Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.
He’s on his second term which is expected to come to an end on May 29, 2023. he is an APC governor.
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is the current governor of Kaduna State and one of the most controversial chief executive of a state. He is a member of the ruling APC.
He was a minister during PDP administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is the current governor of the populous state of Kano and one of the controversial Nigerian politicians. He is a member of APC. He assumed office on May 29, 2015 and won reelection.
He may rule Kano till May 29, 2023 if he wins all court cases against his reelection that was allegedly marred with electoral irregularities.
Aminu Masari was a former member of PDP before he dumped his former party. He’s the governor of the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. Masari was a former Speaker of Nigeria’s Lower legislative Chamber. His second term comes to an end on May 29, 2023.
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu first came into office as Kebbi State governor under PDP in 2015 before jumping to APC before the 2019 election and won with landslide. His second term comes to an end on May 29, 2023.
He is considered one of the luckiest Nigerian governor.
He was declared winner of the 2015 Kogi State gubernatorial election under APC as the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu who originally won the election but died before the result was declared.
He was the first runner up to Audu during the party’s primaries and that’s how he emerged the governor when the original winner of the election died a few minuted before results were announced.
He came to office on January 27, 2016. He’s running for second term. His chances of winning is 50/50.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is the current governor of Kwara state. He’s a first timer who was sworn in on May 29, 2019.
He’s been in politics more than 20 years.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the current governor of Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos. He was a former Managing Director/CEO of Lagos State Property Development Commission (LSPDC). He was sworn in on May 29, 2019, a member of APC.
Engr. Abdullahi Sule
Engineer Abdullahi Sule is the current governor of Nasarawa State under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). He’s a first timer who assumed office on May 29, 2019.
Abubakar Sani Bello is on his second term of office. He’s been in office since May 29, 2015. His second term comes to an end on May 29, 2023.
Welcome to the gateway state where Dapo Abiodun is the current governor having been sworn in on May 291, 2019. He won under the ruling APC. He is a billionaire politician.
Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is the current governor of the sunshine state. He was sworn in on February 24, 2017 under APC. His first tenure comes to an end on May 29, 2021.
Adegboyega Oyetola was sworn in on November 27, 2018 after a controversial election that was almost won by his rival from PDP Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The gentle yet brilliant Oyetola is a member of APC and a former Chief of Staff to his predecessor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Oyetola is a first timer.
Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde is one of the billionaire Nigerian politicians who was a successful businessman before joining politics.
Makinde is the current governor of politically violent state of Oyo State under PDP.
He was sworn in on May 29, 2019 as a first governor.
We hope he brings his business ideas into fore in the pace setter state.
Simon Bako Lalong was first sworn in on May 29, 2015, won reelection and sworn in for another term on May 29, 2019.
He defeated the powerful Gen. Jeremiah Husseini of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election.
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is the current governor of Rivers, a state known for political violence and unrepentant cult clash and kidnapping.
Wike, a former ally of Rotimi Amaechi, is on his second term which comes to an end on May 29, 2023. He was first sworn in on May 29, 2015.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal started small and rose to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives before winning and sworn in for the first time as the governor of Sokoto State on May 29, 2015.
He repeated the same political feat on May 29, 2019, though he won the election with a very small margin of 342 votes.
In the March 9, 2019 Sokoto State Gubernatorial election and March 22 2019 Sokoto State supplementary election, Tambuwal was reelected as governor of sokoto state having polled 512,002 votes while his rival Mr. Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressive Congress Polled 511,660 votes.
His second term comes to an end on May 29, 2023.
Darius Dickson Ishaku’s second term comes to an end on May 29, 2023, having won two consecutive governorship elections in 2015 and 2019.
Mai Mala Buni is the current governor of Yobe State. He’s a first timer governor who was sworn in on May 29, 2019.
A few hours he assumed office he married one of the daughters of his predecessor Adama Ibrahim Gaidam as third wife.
Dr. Bello Matawalle came second at the 2019 governorship election in the troubled state of Zamfara.
But lucky smiles on him when a Supreme Court judgement nullified the primary elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress.
The five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the posts earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.
The judgment centres on the governorship, state House of Assembly and the National Assembly elections conducted in Zamfara State on February 23 and March 11, 2019.
Candidate of APC Muktar Idris who was earlier declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was sacked by the court.
During the election, Idris of APC had scored 534,541 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Bello Matawalle of PDP who scored 189,452 votes.
The result showed a margin of 345,089 votes in favour of the APC’s candidate.
But with the ruling of the Supreme Court, that’s how Bello Matawalle became governor of Zamfara, a state that has never been ruled by PDP.
We’ve also written on the 29 state governors that were sworn in on May 29, 2019.
That’s how far we’ve been able to go about the 36 current state governors in Nigeria.
We’ll keep updating this list.