9 State To Watch Out For In 2023 Dramatic Governorship Elections


Depending on the decision of the majority of voters in those states, they will either produce new governors or retain the incumbents.

However, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the election in some of these states, because every political party is believed to have put its best foot forward to secure its access to political powers.

So, as Nigerians go to polls on Saturday, these are the states you should watch out for the most.


Lagos politics has taken a new dimension following the victory of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the state over Bola Tinubu, the undisputed godfather of Lagos politics. It was a shocking defeat that got the All Progressives Congress (APC) scampering for immediate solutions ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran in a battle for the soul of Lagos (PG)

While the APC was finding answers to what hit them, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) had already hit the streets, telling Lagosians they are the better alternatives.

Unlike past elections, where the APC cruised to victory without shedding a bead of sweat, the PDP and the LP candidates are giving the ruling party a run for its money and making it sweat for the first time since 1999.


The governorship election in Kano will be a popularity contest between the outgoing governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Ganduje are set to determine the next governor of Kano state (Legit)

The former governor is arguably the biggest politician in Kano, and the high number of votes he garnered in the state in the last presidential election was a testament that he’s a political god there.


In essence, the election may be a replay of the closely-fought 2019 governorship election between Ganduje and Yusuf, which the former won after a supplementary election.

The governorship contest in Ogun State is a three-horse race between the incumbent governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun of the APC, Ladi Adebutu of the PDP and Biyi Otegbeye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Ladi Adebutu, Dapo Abiodun and Biyi Otegbeye are the main governorship candidates in Ogun state (BBC)