5 Nigerian Senators who Might become State Governors in 2023

2023 approach: Do you thing they can win the Gubernatorial Positions?
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5 Nigerian senators who might become state Governors in 2023

In Nigeria, unlike in some other nations, a state governor is granted more respect and has more power than a senator.

This is why, every election cycle, serving senators forego their legislative responsibilities in order to run for the governorship of their political party.

As the general elections of 2023 approach, a number of sitting senators are preparing to run for governorship in their respective states.

Senator Ishaku Abbo, Adamawa North

1. Senator Ishaku Abbo - Adamawa State

Many Nigerians have been curious about whom this youngest and controversial senator is, and we're here to discuss it; birthdate, early life, family, education, career, investments, achievement while in office, and everything else you'd like to know about from the early days.

He is an incorrigible optimist, fearless visionary, a generational blessing, intelligent and compassionate.

Born in the 70s, young activist and people's advocate, Senator Ishaku Abbo fancily called SIA, hails from Gova in Muchalla village of Mubi North Local Government Area in Adamawa State.

Before venturing into the world of politics, the born positivist with keen interests ranging from poverty alleviation to education, leaves his mark on the world through entrepreneurship growth, which includes small-scale business funding and training, as well as scholarship awards for the less fortunate.

Abbo is detribalized and religiously unbiased Christian who identifies with the rest of his constituents, who are Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists.


His desire to succeed in life against all odds pushed him to break new ground and carve out a niche for himself, rapidly becoming the family's breadwinner.

He is a person of considerable ability and a proclivity for excelling in all aspects of his endeavor.

He has brought so many young men and women from his hometown, state and the nation at large from rags to riches and made them his family, and he continues to do so without regard to racial, religious, or regional differences.


His 2020 defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) indicated his intentions and him being vocal about running for governor of Adamawa state in 2023 is still cooking.

In the next general election, Abbo is expected to run on the APC ticket.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abia South

2. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe - Abia State

Born on March 1, 1955, he is a Nigerian politician who was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in April 2007 for the Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State.

He is known as Nwadiohanma Ngwa. Enyinnaya is an outspoken senator who regularly participates in national debates. In the Nigerian senate, he represents the largest opposition People's Democratic Party, or PDP.

He is now the Senate Minority Leader. Abaribe asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign in January 2020 during a motion against worsening insecurity in Nigeria, reminding President Buhari that Nigerians voted him into power in 2015 and renewed his mandate in 2019 to address the country's security situation.

Abaribe said that during his 2015 presidential campaign, Buhari promised that if he failed to change the country's security situation, Nigerians would stone him out of office.

“Nigerians voted a government into power. We are going with  stones to stone them now because they have failed", Abaribe's motion in the senate concluded.

After Orji Uzor Kalu was elected Governor of Abia State in 1999, Abaribe became the state's Deputy Governor.

The state's House of Assembly impeached the deputy governor twice in 2000 and a third time in 2003; he resigned on March 7, 2003, submitting his resignation through DHL so that it would be written down.

Several days later, the House of Assembly officially voted him out of office, a move Abaribe dubbed "medicine after death." Eric Acho Nwakanma succeeded him as deputy governor.

Former deputy governor of Abia State, Nigeria, Eric Acho Nwakanma In 2003, Abaribe ran for governor on the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), but lost to Kalu.

Abaribe was elected to the national Senate in 2007 on a People's Democratic Party (PDP) ticket; Eric Acho Nwakanma of the PPA challenged the validity of the election.

Abaribe is Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs (Senator Abdulaziz Usman of Jigawa-North East is Chairman). He is also a member of the Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senate Services, and Works.

In October 2007, as Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the banned secessionist organization Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), was on trial for treason, Abaribe and six other southeastern senators protested at the Federal High Court in Lagos to demand his release.

Abaribe was reelected for Abia South in the April 2011 election. He is currently the chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity

Abaribe was re-elected to the Nigerian 8th senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 and is currently representing the people of Abia South Senatorial District in the upper chamber. On the 13th of June, 2019 he was appointed as the Minority leader of the Senate.

With the brief above, Abaribe, 66, is a highly seasoned politician who has served as deputy governor and is now the Senate minority leader. He is a senator to watch in 2023.

He is currently lubricating his political machine in preparation for his bid to succeed Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu

3. Senator Ike Ekweremadu - Enugu State

Born on May 12, 1962, in Enugu State, Nigeria, Professor Ike Ekweremadu, a Nigerian senator and lawyer from Enugu State, has been a member of the Nigerian Senate since May 2003. He is a learned legislator.

He has given over 20 public lectures and papers on the topics of democracy, Nigerian federalism, the Nigerian constitution, stability, anti-corruption, the environment, and the economy in Nigeria and abroad.

Senator Ekweremadu's high-quality presence in the Senate is well-liked by his constituents.

He satisfies his constituents' aspirations and knowledge. He has led his people from a maze of neglect to a symmetry of infrastructure growth throughout his time in the Senate.

His Youth and Women Empowerment Programs have a long and illustrious history. He, for example, had five Youth Development Centres built, one in each of the five local government areas that make up his Enugu West constituency. Ikeoha Ndigbo is a generous person.

When he first took office as a Council Chairman in 1997, he founded the Ikeoha Foundation.

He has earned a reputation as a true believer in and courageous supporter of democracy in the West African sub-region as a member of the Nigerian Delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament since 2003.

Ekweremadu is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and served as Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate for three terms (6th, 7th, and 8th).

Before being named Secretary to the Enugu State Government in 2002, Chief Ekweremadu served as Chairman of Aninri in 1997, winning the Best Local Government Chairman Award in Enugu State at the time.


He was appointed Chief of Staff at Enugu State Government House.

When it comes to politics, 58-year-old Ekweremadu is no pushover. Over the past 12 years, he has served as the deputy president of the Nigerian Senate.

Ekweremadu, an erudite lawyer and well-liked politician in his home state of Enugu, is expected to succeed incumbent Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Senator (Dr) Emmanuel Bwacha

4. Senator (Dr) Emmanuel Bwacha - Taraba State

Nigerian lawyer and politician Sen.(Dr) Emmanuel Bwacha, CON He is the representative for Taraba South Senatorial District in Nigeria.

Sen. Bwacha was born on December 15, 1962, in Mararraba, Taraba State's Donga Local Government District.

Sen. Bwacha received his First School Leaving Certificate and Secondary School Certificate from LEA Primary School Mararraba in Donga LGA and Mbiya Government Secondary School (MGSS) Takum, respectively.

Before enrolling at the University of Jos to study law, he passed the Interim Joint Matriculation Examination (IJMB) at the College for Preliminary Studies in Yola.

Sen. Bwacha ran for the chairmanship of Donga LGA in 1992 and was elected on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

He was the State Secretary of the People Democratic Movement (PDM), Taraba State Chapter, from 1994 to 1997. In 1999, he was elected to represent the Donga state constituency in the Taraba State House of Assembly. Bwacha was the Taraba State House of Assembly's Majority Leader.

From 1999 to 2003, he served as the Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture.

Sen. Bwacha was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 2003 to represent the Takum, Donga, Ussa, and Yangtu Development Areas. He was named Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs while in the Federal House of Representatives.

Sen. Bwacha was elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2011 to represent Taraba South on the Peoples Democratic Party's platform (PDP). He was elected Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

In 2015, he was re-elected to the same political party for a second time. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Minority Leader.

Sen. Bwacha was re-elected to a third term in office in 2019.

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan awarded Sen Bwacha the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) in 2012.

For his passion for political and spiritual growth, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Divinity, by Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN), Bukuru, Jos, in 2018.
Private life

Sen.(Dr)Emmanuel Bwacha is married to Mrs. Deborah Bwacha and they have four children together. He is a devout Christian.

Bwacha is rumored to be planning to run for governor of Taraba in the north-eastern state of Nigeria in 2023.

Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta State Central Senatorial District

5. Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege - Delta State

A graduate of the University of Benin, was born on August 3, 1963, in Orogun, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria.

Omo-Agege is the acting Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate and is a lawyer by trade. He has served in the Delta State Central Senatorial District for two terms (from 2015 to date).

He was a former secretary to state government (SSG), commissioner, and executive assistant in Delta state and ran for governor once.

Omo-Agege began his political career by running for a seat in the House of Representatives on the Peoples Democratic Party's platform, but he was defeated in the party's primaries.

Omo-Agege was hired as an executive assistant to former Delta State governor James Ibori in 2003, a role he held for two years.

The governor later named him as a commissioner with special responsibilities.

Governor James Ibori promoted Omo-Agege to the rank of Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Delta State in 2007.

He ran for Governor of Delta State but was defeated by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in the People Democratic Party primaries.

Omo-Agege stood for Senate in 2015 on the Labour Party's platform. On March 28, 2015, he was elected to the Senate to represent the Delta central senatorial district.

In 2007, he ran for the PDP's gubernatorial ticket, but lost to Uduaghan, the eventual winner of the general election.

Senator Omo-Agege was nominated to succeed the deceased flagbearer of the Republican Party of Nigeria (RPN) in the rerun election on January 6, 2011, after the election of Uduaghan was annulled by an appeal court in November 2010.

After losing the rerun election to Uduaghan, Mr Omo-Agege defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to run in the general election in April 2011 and later chose the party's gubernatorial ticket.

Omo-Agege came in third place (15,526), trailing the PDP's Uduaghan (525,793) and the Democratic People's Party's Great Ogboru (433,834).

After failing twice in his bid to become Delta State governor, Omo-Agege humbled himself by conquering the Delta Central senatorial district.

Before the March 28, 2015, general elections, Omo-Agege defected once more to the Labour Party (LP), where he was easily elected to the party's ticket.

The election did not go his way at first, as the PDP nominee, Ighoyota Amori, was declared victorious and sworn in. His defeat at the electoral tribunal was reversed on December 21, 2015, when the Court of Appeal in Benin City, Edo State, proclaimed him the winner.

The senator's desire to defect was rekindled on March 6, 2017, when he joined President Muhammadu Buhari's governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

He is now gunning to replace Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as the Delta state governor in 2023.