There is a clear indication that no president or current sitting Nigerian Governors will or can run for a third term in 2023 General Election.
Even though it may not be explicitly stated in the Nigerian constitution, there appears to be an unspoken understanding in the Nigerian political landscape that no president or current governor should or can seek for a third term.
This political culture came more to play when at the close of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2007 claims that he would be going for yet another term (having served for eight years at the time) was vehemently opposed with many calling it the satanic third term agenda as contained in a Vanguard publication.
This said, it is, therefore, safe to assert that a lot of current governors who are already in office for the second time may not participate in the much-anticipated general elections in 2023.
Below are a comprehensive list of such governors that may miss polls in 2023 General Election
- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia)
- Governor Udom Gabriel Emmannuel (Akwa Ibom)
- Governor Willie Obiano (Anambra)
- Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue)
- Governor Benedict Ayade (Cross River)
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta)
- Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu)
- Governor Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa)
- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano)
- Governor Aminu Masari (Katsina)
- Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi)
- Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger)
- Governor Simon Lalong (Plateau)
- Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers)
- Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto)
- Governor Darius Ishaku (Taraba)
- Governor Dave Umahi (Ebonyi)
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna)