Best Governors in Nigeria 2024: Top 13 Most Performing

Best governors in Nigeria: In a federation like Nigeria, development and growth of the country does not only depends on the leadership of the president who is at the center. State governors are also key in ensuring growth and development. In my view, leadership at the state level is even more important than that of the central government because Nigeria is a heterogeneous nation with different tribes and culture.

Currently, Nigeria has 36 states (federal capital territory inclusive). These states are led by governors, each having their deputies who work in their absence. Following the provisions of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria, governors are to be elected into office and they are expected to rule for just 4 years.

Over the years, all the states in Nigeria have been ruled by different people. Since Nigeria got her independence in 1960 and started practicing federalism, the achievements and accomplishments of some of our governors has been documented in different journals, books and even magazines. And based on that, I will be making a list of the best governors in Nigeria today.

This article therefore discloses the best governors in Nigeria this 2024 according to our personal research. I enjoin to read painstakingly as I discuss the most performing governors in Nigeria that you probably don’t know!

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Best governors in Nigeria 2024

Below are the best and most performing governors in Nigeria:

  1. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (Delta State Governor)
  2. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (Rivers State Governor)
  3. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State governor)
  4. Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna state Governor)
  5. Babagana Umara Zulum (Borno State state Governor)
  6. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto State Governor)
  7. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom State Governor)
  8. Chief Willie Obiano (Anambra State Governor)
  9. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu state governor) 
  10. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State Governor) 
  11. Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano state governor)
  12. David Nweze Umahi
  13. Peter Gregory Obi

There you have a list of the best governors in Nigeria according to bscholarly. Well, if you really want to know my reasons for picking up these ones as the best in Nigeria currently, make sure you continue to read this article. Trust me; you will not regret reading this work.

1. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (Delta State Governor):

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best governor in Nigeria

Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is undoubtedly the best and most powerful governor in Nigeria. This man is one of the politicians that is respected and commended by his fellows. I mean, other governors in Nigeria even make good comments for his kind of leadership.

In my opinion, if Nigeria should have someone like Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa in all the thirty six states in the federation, the problems of the country wouldn’t have been as numerous as it is.

As a citizen of Nigeria, if you have really analyzed the leadership of this great man, then you will see that “it speaks for itself”. In other words, you won’t need anyone to tell you that Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is the best.

In fact, one of the prestigious newspapers in Nigeria, The Guardian, has said that Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is an example of an accountable and responsible governor. You check that here.

Accordingly to Wikipedia, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa was born on the 8th of July, 1959 at Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He graduated in 1981 after studying medicine and surgery at the prestigious University of Ibadan (UI). Undoubtedly, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta State, is the best governor in Nigeria currently.

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2. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (Rivers State Governor):

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most powerful governors in Nigeria

Just after Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. He is another good governor in Nigeria. Okowa is a man that is loved by majority of the people in Rivers state even till today. Funnily enough, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is not just a governor, he is a lawyer as well. I mean, he studied law at Rivers State University of Science and was called to the Nigerian Bar.

In my view, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is one of the governors that contributed greatly to the development of education in Nigeria. Wikipedia records that Governor Wike gave free public primary and secondary education in 2019. Aside from that, this man kicked-off the construction of three (3) major flyovers simultaneously at Port Harcourt.

Well, i don’t really have time to tell you more about Wike. You can do some research about him if you care. Trust me; Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is one of the best governs Rivers State has ever had.

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3. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State): Okezie Ikpeazu may not be the best governor Abia State has ever had, but I must confess that he is one of the most performing amongst all the state governors in Nigeria currently. He was born in October 18th, 1964 and was educated at the University of Maiduguri where he studied Clinical Biochemistry.

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most performing governors in Nigeria and their achievements

Going through the profile of Okezie Ikpeazu I found out he not like other governors that talks too much and not put their words into execution. Since the inception of his regime in May 29, 2015, below are some of the notable achievements of Okezie:

a. He launched a Free ICT training school for primary and secondary students in the state using the e-library at Umuahia as hub.

b. Okezie Ikpeazu stated the Education for Employment (E4E) scheme and that has created employment for some youths in the state.

C. Okezie Ikpeazu started the Integrated Payroll Verification System (IPVS) so as to captured the biometric of staff in the state. According to him, this will help to reduce wastage of resources and money in paying ghost workers.

d. It has also been confirmed that the problem associated with payment of pensioners has been resolved in the state. Currently, pensions are being paid straight into their accounts.

Of course, above is just a few of the achievements of Okezie Ikpeazu. There are other wonderful things not mentioned here. He may not be perfect but he is one of the best the Abia State has had.

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4. Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna state Governor):

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Nasir el-Rufai is currently one of the best governors in Nigeria and also one of the most transparent and responsible governors Kaduna state has ever had. He is an experienced and well respected politician. In fact, many Nigerians profess that he is good, especially citizens from Kaduna state.

It will also surprise you to know that Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007; and the director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. In fact, he is one of the founding member of APC. Currently, he is respected by other leaders in APC too.

When Nasir el-Rufai was tested positive to the Corona Virus in 2020, he publicly announced it to the nation as a good leader, and followed the instructions by the government to isolate himself so as to prevent the virus from spreading. No doubt, he is equally on of the best governors in Nigeria this 2020.

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5. Babagana Umara Zulum (Governor of Borno State):

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top governors in Nigeria

Babagana Umara Zulum is another governor I love so much. He is a well known professor and a politician. In case you don’t know, Babagana Umara Zulum was recently elected as the governor of Borno state, but for the short time he has spent in office, he efforts to foster growth and development in Borno state and the whole of Nigeria at large are apparent.

Wikipedia postulates that governor Babagana Umara Zulum was born on the 26th of August, 1969 at Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State. He Mafa Primary School and graduated in 1980. Babagana Umara Zulum later studied Agriculture Engineering at the prestigious University of Maiduguri.

Even before he was made governor of Borno state, Babagana Umara Zulum has worked in the Nigeria civil service. He has also played major role through the All Progressive Congress (APC) in ensuring that there is peace and security in Borno state.

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6. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Governor of Sokoto State):

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Who is the best governors in Nigeria? See the list of the best state governors in Nigeria 2021. Top 11 performing governors in Nigeria currently.

Next on my list of the best Governors in Nigeria this 2020 is Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State. Waziri Tambuwal is a politician and a well known lawyer in Nigeria too.

He graduated from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 1991 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos to complete his legal studies. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later called to the Nigerian bar 1992.

In leadership, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been doing well. In fact, i think he is one of the best governors Sokoto state has every had since the state was created. His impact in Sokoto state are not arguable. That is apparently why he won Sokoto State election when he ran for the election the second time.

Waziri Tambuwal currently a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Public Relations Officers. He is undoubtedly one of the best governors in Nigeria too.

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7. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom State Governor):

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who is the best governor in Nigeria

If you want to mention governors in Nigeria that talk and do exactly what they say, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is one of them. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is one of leaders that actually had a plan for his people before taking up the power to lead. This is exactly why the people of Akwa Ibom state re-elected him in 2019 to serve them.

When he came into power in 2015, goevernor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel had the following to accomplish:

  1. Economic and Political Inclusion
  2. Wealth Creation
  3. Infrastructural Consolidation and Expansion
  4. Poverty Alleviation
  5. Job Creation

He publicly asserted this with the promise that he will accomplish them. As at 2020, I will personally say he has done a lot already. It was during his leadership that the First Shoprite at Ibom was created.

Accordingly, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel built an Automobile Assembly Plant at Itu and also Constructed some of the major Federal roads in the state.

Believe it or not, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is one of the best governors in Nigeria. You can do more research about this man to corroborate my point.

8. Chief Willie Obiano (Anambra State Governor):

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best governors in Nigeria

Next on my list of the best governors in Nigeria is the current governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano. Willie Obiano is a powerful politician and a professional banker in Nigeria.

According to my research, Governor Willie Obiano started his banking career at the First Bank of Nigeria before he left to join the services of Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc as an accountant and rose to the position of Chief Internal Auditor.

Eventually, he left Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc to join politics, knowing fully well that he would be a good leader. He became the fourth Democratic Governor of Anambra State.

Governor Willie Obiano has really achieved a lot as the governor of Anambra state. This is apparently true as almost all the people of Anambra state are in support of this leadership. This does not, however, dispute the fact the he has also made mistakes as governor at some points. He is indeed, one of the best governors in Nigeria.

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9. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State): 

70% of the people in Enugu state can attest to the fact that Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is really doing well as a governor. I mean, amongst all the governors in Nigeria, he is one of the best and most performing. According to Vanguardngr, when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi assumed office, the economy of Enugu state was very poor. But three years after he came into power, there was a great change.

As you already know, Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is one of the core members of the People’s Democratic Party. He was born at Orba Town in Udenu Local Government Area of Nsukka in 1964. Aside from politics, Ugwuanyi is also a good business man. He was the General Manager of Premier Insurance Brokers Limited Enugu before becoming Governor of Enugu state.

Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has worked in different positions before he eventually became the governor of Enugu state. Take example, he was once the Chairman of house committee on Marine Transport. Accordingly, he has been the president of Rotary Club of Enugu State. No doubt, he is one of the best Governors in Nigeria today.

10. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State):

Babajide Sanwo-Olu (current governor of lagos state) is undoubtedly one of the best governors in Nigeria. He is a well known Nigerian Politician and an ardent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been governor for just few years now but he is really doing well. In fact her has won the Merit award from the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and the Platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club due to his dedication and good works in Lagos State.

Research shows that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had a good family background while he was growing up so, he was train well. Research shows that he went to London Business School and the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Even though he has not really done so much like other governors yet mentioned above, I strongly believe he is going to do more great things in Lagos State with the kind of spirit he has.

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11. Governor Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano State):

Abdulahi Ganduje is the last governor in my list of the best Governors in Nigeria (2024). He was born at Ganduje in Dawakin Tofa, Kano State. Abdulahi Ganduje is a very respected politician in Nigeria. He is also a well educated man too. Research shows that Governor Abdulahi Ganduje studied at the University of Ibadan, Bayero University Kano and the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University.

In fact, before he became governor of kano state, he was conferred the honor of Order of the Federal Republic in 2013, during President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime. This apparently, shows that amongst all the governors in Nigeria, he is better to some extent. Over the past few months, Kano state has also record significant growth in Agriculture and other sectors of their economy.

In case you don’t know, Abdulahi Ganduje is a core member of the People’s Democratic Party (also known as PDP). He is evidently one of the best governors I can mention for now.

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12. David Nweze Umahi: On May 29, 2015, David Nweze was appointed governor of Ebonyi State. On March 16, 2019, he was elected to a second term as governor once again. He went to the Government Secondary School of Afikpo as well as Ishiagu High School. At the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, he graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1987.

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All Time best Nigeria Governor

David Umahi incorporated the communities into the state’s administrative structure to guarantee the prompt and easy distribution of democracy’s benefits to the general populace. Additionally, he oversaw the state’s residents’ huge empowerment and the timely payment of government officials’ wages. His government was successful in securing funding, allowing it to start restoring and outfitting schools.

The administration’s agriculture push is among its greatest accomplishments. To expand rice growing, the administration invested billions of naira into the industry as soft loans to farmers. The strategy was successful, as that year’s rice output quadrupled.

13. Peter Gregory Obi: From 2006 to 2014, Peter Obi served as governor of Anambra State, demonstrating sound financial management and leadership. He finished his high school studies at Christ the King College in Onitsha. He earned a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy from the University of Nigeria in 1984 after being accepted in 1980.

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Who is the most intelligent governor in Nigeria

Obi implemented improvements in infrastructure, healthcare, and education while also drastically lowering the debt load of Anambra State. Anambra State became known as one of Nigeria’s financially secure states due to its wise financial management under the administration of Peter Obi.

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Note: By mentioning these governors as the best in Nigeria, it doesn’t mean that their leadership is without any problem. However, when compared with other leaders in Nigeria, these are apparently the best governors currently.

Yeah! This is where I am going to stop in this work. I know many of you already have doubts, questions and comments to make on this post. Oh yeah! Everyone has the right to be heard in Nigeria, so I am not going to stop you. Kindly use the comment box below to send any thing containing this topic.

I will be glad to hear form you. Note that the list of best governs above was not fabricated from thin air, i actually compiled that list after a thorough research on the achievements and accomplishments and even character of the Governors in Nigeria.

This Post Has 4 Comments


    Have you taken time to study Governor Seyi Making? You need to do so if you have not. This list is incomplete without him. This is someone paying extra allowance to Corp members.


    Seyi Makinde of Oyo state should be included.

  3. Charles Adeka

    David Umahi of Ebonyi state should be on this list he is doing a great job in his state.

  4. Olamide

    GOV Seyi makinde should be included in the list

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