Who are the richest governors in NigeriaPolitics in Nigeria is not really about ideology, philosophy, or intelligent argument. To win an election in Nigeria of today you need to have money and lots of it. Money attracts crowds and makes you popular. Money gives you the endorsement of the traditional rulers and their rural followers. Money makes you friends with the owners of the media companies who you must rely on to get your message out to the people. The money will get you the best lawyers to fight your case in the tribunal, and in some cases, the money will win the case for you in the court, out-rightly.
The question now is, who are those people who destiny prepared from the years before, with a pocket full of cash, and a will to spend for the realization of their political ambition? In other words what we want to find out is: who are the richest Governors in Nigeria? We are not talking about those who embezzle state funds and stash money all over the place- no, we are talking about those who made money before coming into office, and those whose business ventures continue to earn clean money for them.
Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria 2020
1. Sani Bello (Niger State)
Governor Sani Bello of Niger State is the undisputed richest governor in Nigeria at the moment, he is, in fact, the only governor that made the Forbes list of the richest people in Nigeria. Before ever he dipped his toes into politics he was already a billionaire in naira terms.
Governor Bello is the eldest son of a family that has for a long time been into the oil and gas production business. He has yet to be mentioned in any corruption case, so we can say that he is not involved with the stealing of state resources in order to further enrich his pocket. Even as a governor, his family’s oil business continues to thrive, and pile the money up to the ceiling.
2. Nyesom Wike (Rivers State)
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, with 550 million dollars is the second man on the list, but he has less than half of what the number one man has in terms of net-worth. Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a lawyer and businessman. He is also a social activist and a visionary whose leadership skills have transformed Rivers State into a hub of economic activity, not just a state from which oil is pumped to enrich the federal purse.
He has also served as a minister under former President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. He is a pillar of the PDP, and one of the reasons why the opposition party has not been crushed by the federal might of the APC. He is immensely popular in Rivers State, the South, and the whole of the Country in General.
3. Governor Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna)
Governor Nasir El Rufai is the third on the list as one of the richest governors in Nigeria, with a net-worth of 400 million dollars. Governor El Rufai is a politician who has proven himself as a hardworking and bright mind. He has been Director of Bureau of Public Enterprises, and also Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Governor El Rufai is a career politician, but one must mention that while he is popular in the North, he is not very much appreciated in the south, especially because he is seen as a member of the ‘cabal’ who controls the country with a hidden agenda.
4. Governor Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State)
Ogun state has formerly produced the richest man in Africa (Moshood Kashimawo Abiola) but now it produces the fourth richest governor in Nigeria with governor Dapo Abiodun. Prior to running for governor of the biggest state in southwestern Nigeria, Dapo Abiodun was CEO of Heydon Petroleum, which is a top Oil and Gas Production and distribution company in Nigeria. He is quietly working to transform his state into a hub of manufacturing, and other commercial activities that can make his state economically buoyant and independent.
5. Governor Willie Obiano (Anambra State)
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has a net worth of about 300 million dollars. Governor Willie Obiano was a banker before joining politics, and he worked in various capacities for First Bank of Nigeria, before, joining politics on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. Governor Obiano is investing in various long term projects in public-private partnerships including transportation and Agriculture. He is a visionary and is turning his attention towards making Anambra State a major rice production zone in Nigeria and Africa in general.
6. Governor Godwin Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has an estimated net-worth of about 225 million dollars. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers of Nigeria, and has a long and distinguished career in the stockbroking and investment banking business. Governor Godwin Obaseki is a seasoned money-manager, and a man who understands the value of money, and the tenets of wealth creation.
He was nominated a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in the year 2001 and is highly respected in the field of economics and finance all over the world. Governor Obaseki is working to transform the state, and while he is doing so, it is quite natural to face opposition from those who want the state to belong to them.
7. Governor Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State)
Governor Aminu Tambuwal has an estimated net worth of about 27 million dollars to claim the number 7 richest Nigerian governor. Governor Tambuwal has been a member of the House of Representatives, even rising to become the speaker. His popularity cuts across party lines, as he was once a PDP member, before defecting to the APC, and then defecting back to the PDP. He is a career politician and must be already planning his next move.
8. Governor Yahaya Bello (Kogi State)
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State also makes the list of richest governors in Nigeria with an estimated net-worth of about 5.6 million dollars. He is a career politician who has been gradually working his way up in life and in politics. He is a member of the ruling APC, and incumbent governor of Kogi State.
9. Governor Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State)
With an estimated net-worth of about 5.6 million dollars, governor Bala Mohammed also makes the list, although he is near the bottom. He was once a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and he is now a governor of Bauchi State. He is a member of the PDP.
10. Governor Samuel Ortom (Plateau State)
Governor Samuel Ortom of Plateau State might not even know that he makes this list of richest governors in Nigeria with his estimated net worth of 2.5 million dollars. He is a career politician and was at one time a local government chairman. He excelled in that capacity and has now been promoted to governorship position. Samuel Ortom has faced security challenges in his state which has impeded growth and development. His state has been attacked severely by Fulani Herdsmen.
The purpose of this article is not to question the ideology of any of the governors listed in this post: we are not saying that the governors listed in this piece have only ascended to the office because they have money to spend. We are not saying that they have nothing to offer (maybe some), and we are not saying that they are only there to enrich themselves.
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