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 2021, elections were dully held in 29 states for governors while state assemblies had their election in the 36 states.
The states that didn’t participate in the governorship elections were Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Kogi, Anambra and Osun states as the tenures of their governors were 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 in the 2021 election and if there are changes, we shall dully add them as some states might still hold their elections.
List of 36 State Governors in Nigeria 2021
- Abia State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu, PDP.
- Adamawa State, Jibrilla Jindow, APC.
- Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom, PDP.
- Anambra State, Willie Obiano, APGA.
- Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, APC (Bala Mohammed of PDP leading but awaits court’s decision)
- Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, PDP.
- Benue State, Samuel Ortom, APC.
- Borno State, Kashim Shettima, APC.
- Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, PDP.
- Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, PDP.
- Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, PDP.
- Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, PDP.
- Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, PDP.
- Ekiti State, John OluKayode Fayemi, APC
- Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, APC.
- Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, APC (supreme court declared him winner).
- Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, APC.
- Kaduna State, Nasirel Rufai, APC.
- Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, APC.
- Kano State, Umar Ganduje, APC.
- Katsina State, Aminu Masari, APC.
- Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, APC.
- Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, APC.
- Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC.
- Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, APC.
- Niger State, Abubakar Sanu-Lulu Bello, APC.
- Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, APC.
- Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, APC.
- Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, PDP (Tribunal declared him winner)
- Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, PDP.
- Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, APC.
- Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, PDP.
- Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, APC.
- Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, PDP.
- Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, APC.
- Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, PDP.
- Abuja F.C.T, Mohammed Bello
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.
Below is the full List of Current PDP Governors in Nigeria and their States
- Abia State, Dr Victor Ikpeazu
- Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom
- Benue State, Samuel Ortom
- Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade
- Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa
- Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi
- Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
- Edo State, Obaseki
- Rivers State, Nyesom Wike
- Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku
- Oyo State, Seyi Makinde
- Bayelsa state, Douye Diri
- Osun State, Ademola Adeleke (Tribunal declared him winner)
- Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal
- Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
- Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle (Supreme Court order)
Full list of names of all winners in governorship elections across Nigeria 2021
- Abia State
Okezie Ikpeazu – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – 261,127 votes
- Adamawa State Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – 376,552
- Akwa Ibom State
Udom Emmanuel (PDP) – 519,712 votes
- Borno State
Babagana Zulum – All Progressives Congress (APC) – 1,175,440 votes
- Cross River State
Ben Ayade (PDP) – 381,484 votes. Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, is another Nigerian governor that has won another four-year term.
- Delta State
Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP) – 925,274 votes. Ifeanyi Okowa will be Delta State governor for another four years.
- Ebonyi State
Dave Umahi (PDP) – 393,043 votes. Dave Umahi has been re-elected for a second term as Ebonyi State governor.
- Enugu State
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (PDP) – 449,935. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been re-elected as Enugu State governor.
- Gombe State
Inuwa Yahaya (APC) – 364,179 votes.
- Jigawa State
Muhammad Badaru (APC) – 810, 933 votes
- Kaduna State
Nasir El-Rufai (APC) – 1,045,427 votes. Nasir El-Rufai also won re-election as Kaduna State governor.
- Kano State (APC)- Ganduje won his re-election as governor of Kano state
- Katsina State
Aminu Masari (APC) – 1,178,864 votes
- Kebbi State
Atiku Bagudu (APC) – 673,717 votes. Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, also got re-elected.
- Kwara State
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (APC) – 331, 546 votes.
- Lagos State
Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC) – 739,445 votes. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been elected the next governor of Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic capital.
- Nasarawa State
Abdullahi Sule (APC) – 327,229 votes.
- Niger State
Abubakar Bello (APC) – 526,412 votes.
- Ogun State
Dapo Abiodun (APC) – 241,670 votes. Dapo Abiodun is the new Ogun State governor.
- Oyo State
Seyi Makinde (PDP) – 515,621 votes. Seyi Makinde is Oyo State’s governor-elect.
- Yobe State
Mai Mala Buni (APC) – 444,013 votes. Mai Mala Buni is Yobe State’s governor-elect.
- Zamfara State
Bello Matawalle by order of Supreme Court.