In the governorship elections on April 11, Nigerians voted for new governors in their respective states who will direct affairs at the second tier of government until 2019. Governorship elections took place in 29 of the country’s 36 states. The elections did not hold in Osun, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo, Anambra, Bayelsa, and Kogi states, as the tenures of their governors will not lapse on May 29. Supplementary elections were held in Abia, Imo and Taraba yesterday. Below are the new helmsmen in the states
Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa)
Born in Mubi on June 16, 1963, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, is the senator for Adamawa North senatorial district. A popular businessman, industrialist, and philanthropist before going into politics, he is currently the deputy chairman, Senate committee on Army and Defence. He is also a member of the Committee on Science and Technology. Bindow holds a National Diploma. A first time winner of the governorship election, he is married to Hajia Maryam and they have children.
Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom)
Born in Awa Iman, Onna Local Government Area, Eket Senatorial District, on July 11, 1966, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, is a specialist in corporate strategy and planning, corporate financial advisory service/control, business development, international investors relations, oil and gas sector, infrastructure and power sector, multilateral, conglomerates and private banking, and telecommunications. He has been an executive director on the board of Zenith Bank Plc since December 2006 and non-executive director, Africa Finance Corporation, since 2010. Emmanuel was director, Nigerian Interbanks Settlement System, 2009-2011, and non-executive director, Zenith Securities, Zenith Trustees and Zenith Registrars. He attended Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet, Onna, Akwa Ibom State. His educational qualifications include M.Sc. Corporate Governance, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; B.Sc. Accounting (Second Class Honours, Upper Division) 1988, University of Lagos; and A Level, School of Art and Science, Uyo, 1982. Emmanuel is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Institute of Financial Management, and an associate of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Samuel Ortom (Benue)
Born in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on April 23, 1961, Dr. Samuel Ioraer Ortom, the candidate of APC, is an industrialist, farmer, businessman, politician, philanthropist, and administrator. The immediate past Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the President Goodluck Jonathan government, Ortom was at various times chairman of Guma Local Government Area, Benue State secretary of PDP, and national auditor of PDP. He has a Ph.D. from the Commonwealth University, Belize, via distant learning, and Advanced Diploma in Personnel Management and Master of Public Administration from the Benue State University. He attended St. John’s Primary School, Gboko; St. Catherine’s Primary School, Makurdi; and Idah Secondary Commercial College, Idah, in Kogi State.
Kashim Shettima (Borno)
Born in Maiduguri on September 2, 1966, Kashim Shettima, an APC member, is an agricultural economist. He worked as agricultural economist, Commercial Bank of Africa, Ikeja Office (1993-1997); manager, African International Bank Limited, Kaduna Branch (1997–2001); Deputy Manager/Branch Head, Zenith Bank, Maiduguri Office (2001); and General Manager, Zenith Bank, Maiduguri Office. In mid-2007, Shettima was appointed Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in Borno State in administration of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. He later served as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Agriculture, and Commissioner for Health.
Shettima attended Government Community Secondary School, Biu (1978–1980), Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State (1980-1983), and the University of Maiduguri, where he studied Agricultural Economics, graduating in 1989. For his National Youth Service Corps, he served at the Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Calabar (1989–1990). Shettima also has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan (1990-1991) and taught Agricultural Economics at the University of Maiduguri from 1991 to 1993.
Benedict Ayade (Cross River)
Born on March 2, 1969, Professor Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade is the senator for Cross River North senatorial district. Elected on the platform of PDP, he is the vice chairman of the Senate committee on Environment and Ecology and a member of the committees on education, marine transport, petroleum (downstream), and drugs/narcotics/crime. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology (1990-1994); M.Sc. Microbiology (1989 – 1990); MBA from the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma; and a degree in Law from Delta State University. He was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Abraka. A professor of microbiology, Ayade was chairman of the ecological fund for Cross River State and chairman, International Institute of Environmental Research. Ayade is married to Mrs. Linda Ayade and the union is blessed with children.
Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta)
Born in Owa-Alero in the present Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State on July 8, 1959, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okwowa, a medical doctor, is the senator for Delta North senatorial district on the platform of PDP. He has served as chairman, Senate Committee on Health. Okowa was Council Secretary of Ika Local Government Area and the pioneer chairman of Ika North-East Local Government Area between 1991 and 1993. He is a former Delta North coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement and ex-secretary of the Chief James Ibori campaign organisation.
Between 1999 and 2006, Okowa served as Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commissioner for Water Resources Development, and Commissioner for Health. He resigned his appointment to contest the PDP governorship primary in 2007, losing to the incumbent governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. Okowa was later appointed Secretary to the State Government, and he served in that capacity between 2007 and 2010. He worked with the then Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a medical officer on completion of his NYSC programme in 1982 before going into private medical practice. He founded Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke, Orhiomwon Local Government Area of Edo State in 1986. He later established the Victory Medical Centre at Boji-Boji, Owa, near Agbor, Delta State, with which he rendered free medical service to indigent residents of the community, a service that endeared him to many people.
Okowa attended Iroro Primary School, Owa-Alero, Edo College, Benin-City, and the University of Ibadan.
Dave Umahi (Ebonyi)
Born at Umunaga Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on July 28, 1963, Dave Nwaeze Umahi, a member of PDP, is an engineer by profession. The incumbent deputy governor of the state, Umahi was general manager, Norman Engineering and Construction Nigeria Limited, 1990-1993; acting state chairman of PDP, 2007-2009; state PDP chairman; and chairman, Governing Board of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State, 2010-2011. He attended Umunaga Primary School, Uburu, 1971-1977; Ishiagu High School; Government Secondary School, Afikpo; and the Anambra State University of Science and Technology, where he graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1987. He is married to Rachel and they have seven children.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu)
Born in Orba, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, on March 20, 1964, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, a PDP member, is a three-term member of the House of Representatives for Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency of Enugu State, but he is coming to the governorship seat for the first time. He has chaired the Committee on Marine Transport and served as deputy chairman of the Committee on Public Service Matters and Committee on Pensions. Ugwuanyi was a member of the committees on defence, population, aviation, privatisation, science and technology, and states and local government affairs. He was a successful businessman before going into politics. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Ugwuanyi is married to Mrs. Monica and they are blessed with children.
Muhammad Abubakar (Jigawa)
Born in Babura, the headquarters of Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State, in 1962, the governor-elect of Jigawa State on the platform of APC is a graduate of Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello, Zaria and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria. He is also a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. A renowned philanthropist, businessman, and owner of the multinational Talamiz Group, Abubakar is president of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture. He is the second vice president of the Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce in the West African region. He holds the traditional titles of Sardaunan Ringim and Walin Jahun.
Abubakar is married with children. He is coming as a first term governor.
Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna)
Born at Daudawa village, in the present Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, on February 16, 1960, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a native of Zaria in Kaduna State and member of APC came to the limelight in 1999, when he was appointed director general, Bureau of Public Enterprises, and later Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. After leaving the public service in 2007, El- Rufai went to the University of London for an LL.B degree, graduating with Second Class Honours, Upper Division, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he got a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He attended Barewa College and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with a First Class in Quantity Surveying. He founded El-Rufai and Partners, a quantity surveying consultancy firm, before joining the public service.
El-Rufai is married to three wives and has children. He is coming to the governorship seat for the first time.
Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano)
Born at Ganduje, in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, on December 25, 1949, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who won the governorship election on the platform of APC, was executive secretary of Lake Chad Basin Commission before becoming deputy governor in 2011. He was Commissioner for Local Government and also served as special adviser (political) to the Minister of Defence between 2003 and 2007. Ganduje was deputy governor during the first tenure of the current governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, between 1999 and 2003. He was Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport from January 1994 to November 1998.
Ganduje started his career after his NYSC at the Kano State Ministry of Education as Education Officer II in 1976, and later in the same year he moved to Advanced Teachers’ College, Kano, to take up appointment as Lecturer I in Educational Psychology. He has worked as a lecturer at the Bayero University, Kano, and personnel manager at Nornit Limited, Kano. In 1981, he joined the Federal Capital Development Authority as administrative officer and rose to the position of director, Planning, Research and Statistics in 1993. During his 17-year service at FCDA, Ganduje held various positions, including Development Secretary of Kwalli Development Area, Sole Administrator, Abaji Area Council, and chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council.
Ganduje holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Ibadan. He started his education at the Qur’anic and Islamiyya School at his village, Ganduje. He also attended Dawakin Tofa Primary School, Government Secondary School, Birnin Kudu, Advanced Teachers’ College, Kano, where he obtained the National Certificate of Education, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education. He obtained his first Master’s degree in Applied Educational Psychology from Bayero University Kano in 1979 and later returned to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 1984 to 1985 for a Master’s in Public Administration.
Aminu Masari (Katsina)
Born in Kafur town of Katsina State on May 29, 1950, Aminu Bello Masari, a member of APC, was Speaker of the House of Representatives between May 2003 and May 2007, after being re-elected as member of the House of Representatives for Kafur/Malum Fashi Federal Constituency of Katsina State in 2003. He was Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Katsina State, from 1991 to 93, and elected member of the Constitutional Conference,1994-1995.
Masari attended Kafur/Malumfashi Primary School, Government Secondary School, Funtua, AWS Training School, Middlex Polytechnic, London, and the Administrative Staff College, Badagaryâ. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Water Quality Control and Management. Masari is married with children.
Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara)
Born in Share, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, on December 29, 1963, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, an APC member, is the incumbent governor of the state. Before becoming governor, he was Commissioner for Finance and Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development in the administration of Senator Bukola Saraki. Ahmed attended Government College, Funtua, Katsina State and School of Basic Studies of the Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara State Polytechnic), Ilorin, for his ‘A’ Levels. He has a B. Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Ilorin and a Master’s of Business Administration from the same university.
Ahmed has worked at District Savings and Loans, Lagos; Guaranty Trust Bank Limited (now Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.); and Societe Generale Bank Nig. Ltd. He is married to Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed and they are blessed with children.
Abubakar Bello (Niger)
Born on December 17, 1967, Abubakar Sani Bello is the son of a former military administrator of Kano State, Colonel Sani Bello. He was Commissioner for Commerce and Investment in the administration of the incumbent governor, Aliyu Babangida, from August 2009 to August 2010. He was alternate director, Broad Bank; board member, Broad Bank; alternate director, MTN; chairman/chief executive officer, Millennium Travels and Tours; chairman/chief executive officer, Properties and Estates Limited; director, Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP Limited (DANA); and chairman, Millennium Air.
Bello attended St. Louis Primary School, Kano, the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, and the University of Maiduguri, where he got a B.Sc. in Economics. He did his NYSC with NICOTES in Port Harcourt between 1991 and 1992. He is married to Dr. Amina Abdulsalam and they are blessed with children.
Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun)
Born in Abeokuta on January 25, 1958, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, a chartered accountant by profession, is a member of APC and the incumbent governor of Ogun State. He was in the Senate as senator for Ogun Central senatorial district between 2003 and 2007. While in the senate, he served in the following capacities: chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce; member, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs; member, Senate Committee on Appropriation; member, Senate Committee on Privatisation; and member, Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence.
Amosun attended African Church Primary School, Abeokuta; African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta; Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), Abeokuta; and the University of Westminster, London, where he got an MA in International Finance. He started his career in 1984 as an Audit Trainee with Messrs J.A.A. Adeniyi & Co. (Chartered Accountants) and later joined Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants), where he rose to become a manager in 1989. He was also with XtraEdge Consulting as a senior consultant. In 1990, he became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. In the same year, he established the Accounting Firm of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants). In 2003, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and the Institute of Taxation (FITN).
Amosun is married to Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and they are blessed with five children.
Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo)
Born in Ibadan on December 16, 1949, Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi is the incumbent governor of Oyo State and a member of APC. He was educated at St. Patrick Primary School, Abebi; ICC Primary School, Aperin; Lagelu Grammar School; the State University, New York in Buffalo, New York; and the Governor’s State University, Park Forest, Illinois. Ajimobi has a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Finance and an MBA in Operations Research and Marketing. He has worked with National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company, Shell International Oil Company, Shell International Storage Company of Togo, and Shell Marketing Company in Togo. In 2003, he voluntarily retired after 26 years of service in the oil and gas industry, and went into politics.
Ajimobi became a senator in 2003, when he was Deputy Minority Leader. He was elected governor in 2011 and has been re-elected for a second term. He is married to Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and they have children.
Nyesom Wike (Rivers)
Born at Rumuepirikom community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on August 24, 1967, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, a member of PDP, is the immediate past Minister of State for Education and Supervising Minister of Education. He had served as Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, and director-general of Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s re-election campaign organisation. Wike holds degrees in Political Science as well as Law. After a brief stint in private legal practice, he went into politics and was elected twice as chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. He is married to Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, a high court judge with the Rivers State judiciary, and they are blessed with three children.
Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto)
Born in Tambuwal town, Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State, on January 10, 1966, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a lawyer and member of APC, is the current Speaker of the House of Representatives. He attended Tambuwal Primary School, Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, in Tambuwal Local Government Area, and Usmanu DanFodio University, Sokoto, where he had an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. Tambuwal was called to the Bar in 1992 after the one year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
Tambuwal began his law practice in Sokoto and served as public relations officer of the Nigerian Bar Association, Sokoto State chapter, between 1996 and 1997. He was a member of the Constitution Review Committee of the NBA between 1997 and 1998, Sokoto branch secretary of the NBA in 1998, and assistant national financial secretary of NBA (1998–2000).Tambuwal worked as personal assistant on legislative affairs to Senator Abdallah Wali, the then Senate Leader, whom he, however, defeated in the April 11 governorship election in Sokoto State. In 2003, he was elected into the House of Representatives to represent Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency, and he became the Minority Leader of the House.
Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe)
Born in Bukarti town, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State, on September 15, 1956, Ibrahim Gaidam is the current governor of the state. A member of APC, he has a public career that spans nearly 30 years, and rose from a classroom teacher to become audit officer and accountant in various government ministries in the old Borno State and present Yobe State. He was assistant director of finance in the defunct Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFFRI) and acting director of finance and supplies in the Yobe State Information and Culture Ministry.
Gaidam had served as Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, and director, Ministry of Finance, as well as Permanent Secretary in various ministries. In April 2007, he became deputy governor of Yobe State and served for 19 months before he was sworn in as governor on January 27, 2009 following the passing of Governor Mamman Ali.
Gaidam attended Yunusari Primary School, Borno Teachers College, Maiduguri, and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Gaidam is a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria and a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria. He is married with children.
Muhammed Abubakar (Bauchi)
Born in Gombe on December 11, 1956, Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar, a lawyer, is a member of APC. He joined the Bauchi State civil service as a Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice and rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Parliamentary Counsel and Head of Legal Drafting Department of Bauchi State House of Assembly in 1998. Abubakar is a former chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State branch, and ex-deputy national secretary of PDP. He was at various times Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi, Delta, Plateau, and Rivers states, before he was promoted to National Electoral Commissioner at the INEC headquarters, in charge of legal services, and supervisor of Borno, Jigawa, and Yobe states.
Abubakar retired as INEC National Electoral Commissioner in 2008 and went back to private legal practice as managing partner of M A Abubakar & Co. (Fortuna Chambers). In June 2013, Abubakar was appointed member of the National Judicial Council. He attended Jos Native Authority Primary School; Tudun Wada Primary School, Kano; Government College, Kano (Rumfa College); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He did his NYSC as a lecturer at the Rivers State College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt (currently Rivers State University of Science and Technology). Abubakar is married and blessed with five children.
Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe)
Born in Gombe on April 4, 1962, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, is a member of PDP. He started his working career at Coopers and Lybrand International (Chartered Accountants) – now Price |Water House Coopers – and later joined the Central Bank of Nigeria, from where he moved to become the Accountant–general of Gombe State. He later became Accountant-general of the Federation and held the position until 2011, when he was elected governor of Gombe State. Dankwambo was re-elected for a second four-year term at the April 11 election. He holds the traditional title of Talban of Gombe.
Dankwambo has a B.Sc. from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Lagos; and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the Delta State University, Abraka. He is a Fellow and Associate of six professional bodies and associations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is married and blessed with children.
Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi)
Born in Karaye, Maiyama Local Government Area of Kebbi State, on December 26, 1961, Atiku Bagudu was elected on the APC platform. He started his career as a lecturer in the Department of Economics, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. He had a brief stint in banking before travelling to the United States for a post-graduate degree. Upon his return to Nigeria, the Kebbi governor-elect became special assistant to a finance minister during the late Gen. Sani Abacha regime. Bagudu later joined politics and was elected senator for Kebbi Central senatorial zone in a by-election after Senator Adamu Aliero was appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. He ran successfully for re-election in the April 2011 general election. Bagudu attended Karaye Primary School in Maiyama Local Government Area and Government Secondary School, Kontogora, in Niger State. He has a B.Sc. in Economics from the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Jos. He also has an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia University in the United States of America.
Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos)
Born in Epe, Lagos State, on June 14, 1963, Akinwunmi Ambode, elected on the platform of APC, is a businessman, activist, former permanent secretary, and former Accountant-General of Lagos State. After 27 years in the civil service, Ambode voluntarily retired in August 2012 and founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels. He founded a non-profit organisation, La Roche Leadership Foundation, which aims, among other goals, to install Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government-owned schools in Lagos State.
Ambode attended the University of Lagos, Wharton Business School, United States, Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, United States. He is married with children.
Umaru Al-Makura (Nasarawa)
Born in Lafia in September 1952, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura was re-elected on the platform of APC. He started his career as a teacher at Government College, Makurdi, and later worked as Assistant News Producer at the then Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria after graduating from the university. He established Al-makura Nigeria Limited, a civil and building engineering company, in 1978. Joining mainstream politics in 1980 after years of responsibilities as a student leader, Al-Makura was elected as youth leader of the defunct National Party of Nigeria in the old Plateau State. He was elected into the Constituent Assembly in 1988 to represent Lafia/Obi Federal Constituency of the then Plateau State. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention in the old Plateau State.
Al-Makura attended Dunama Primary School, Lafia; Government Teachers College Keffi; Advanced Teachers College, Uyo; and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Social Studies.
Simon Lalong (Plateau)
Born in Ajikamai village of Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State on May 5, 1963, Simon Bako Lalong, a lawyer, was elected on the platform of APC. He started his professional career with the T-Obot & Co, Legal Practitioners, Jos, after his NYSC programme at the legal unit of the FCDA, Abuja. He also worked with Victor Famwul & Co as managing partner. In 1999, Lalong was elected into the House of Assembly (Shendam Constituency), and he later became Speaker of the Assembly. He was chairman, Conference of Speakers, a forum of all the Assembly speakers across Nigeria, for two terms. He left the political circle briefly, before bouncing back to win the April 11 election.
Lalong attended RCM Primary School, Shendam; Government Secondary School, Shendam; School of Preliminary Studies, Keffi; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated with a degree in Law (LLB); and the Nigerian Law School. He has a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Jos.
Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar (Zamfara)
Born in the present-day Zamfara State on January 1, 1969, Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar, an APC member, was re-elected for a second term at the April 11 election. He has been in active politics since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999, when he was elected House of Representatives member for Talata Mafara/Anka Federal Constituency. He served in the administration of former Governor Ahmed Sani Yerima.
He is married to Hajia Asmau Abdulaziz and they have children.
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