10 Most Powerful politicians in Nigeria [2018]

This post is an article which will enlighten you on the most powerful politicians in Nigeria.

Over the years Nigeria has been characterized by many political reforms which have created means for politicians to even rise above the law.

In Nigeria of today, politics has become a game of dominance by a few or a section of political figures who either refuse to leave the seat of power or goes against the law and bring in a suitable candidate of their choice that would be loyal and submissive to him/her so that he/she can still have a hand in the national or state treasury.

Some other politicians on this list have so much distinguished themselves that other politicians cannot do without them or their counseling.

In this we will look at politicians who became powerful by distinguishing themselves to be the people’s favorite and those who have acquired their own power by oppressing the masses and looting state and national treasury.

The 10 most powerful politicians in Nigeria are;

10. Ayodele Fayose

Ayodele Fayose is currently the governor of Ekiti state and a strong member of PDP who has taken the fight against APC and Buhari to the core.

His full name is Peter Ayodele Fayose with the title of Oshokomole 1 of Yoruba land.

Most people say that Fayose is a crazy politician, but I would say that he is a very fierce man who is simply fighting for the right, good and betterment of his people.

9. Nyesom Wike

Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike is the governor of the oil rich Rivers state and also a member of PDP (People’s Democratic Party).

Nyesom is what you would call a fierce politician.

He was regarded as a powerful and fierce politician largely after he fought against his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi who said he would not win the governorship election which he later won.

8. Edwin Clark

Edwin Clark has been involved in Nigerian politics for over 30 year and has held different appointed political positions under different governments.
He is also regarded as the most powerful politician in the south-south after former president Goodluck Jonathan.



7. Bukola Saraki

Bukola Saraki is a former governor of Kwara state and served from 2003 to 2011, but currently the president of the senate.

6. David Mark

David Alechenu Mark is a retired Nigerian Army brigadier and politician.

He is also a former senator and served from 2007 to 2015.

He hails from Benue state and currently a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).



5. Ibrahim Babangida

We all know that if you start calling the names of people who got to power by force you must call Ibrahim Babangida, popular known as IBB.

He is a retired Army general and was head of state from 1985 to 1993, but previously served as an Army staff from 1984 to 1985.

4. Atiku Abubakar





Atiku is a frontline PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 elections. He is also a former vice president and served from 1999 to 2007 with Olusegun Obasanjo.

He is a businessman, philanthropist and has acquired a lot of wealth.

3. Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Chief Ahmed Tinubu is a former Nigerian Senator and former governor of Lagos state.

He is regarded as the most powerful politician in the south-west after Olusegun Obasanjo.

He is also played a significant role in APC coming to power in 2015.

2. Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan is a former Nigerian president who served from 2010 to 2015 under the platform of PDP.

He previously served as the governor of Bayelsa state and vice-president of the country.

1. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo is not only the most powerful politician in the south-west but also the most powerful and influential in the whole of Nigeria.

He is popularly called BABA or OBJ by his supporters and hails from Ogun state.

He was head of state from 1976 to 1979, and also became the president of Nigeria. Having served from 1999 to 2007, he is the only Nigerian president who has completed two tenures in office.

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