APC Chairman Abdullahi Adamu

PROFILE: NEW APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, ABDULLAHI ADAMU

Senator Abdullahi Adamu is a two-term Nasarawa State governor and a Federal Republic of Nigeria senator. It should be noted that he was a founding member of the PDP, and according to reports, he was even on the board of trustees, before defecting to the APC and contributing to the emergence of Nigerian President – Muhammadu Buhari.

With the approval of the president and the favour to serve he received specifically on the unity list, he has joined the party executives as the presiding officer, that is, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

He was elected as the party’s consensus candidate by over 7,500 delegates at the party’s national convention on Saturday in Eagles Square, Abuja.

Some party delegates supported Adamu’s election, and other candidates later stepped down to allow him to become the party’s chairman, despite declaring their full support for him.

Tanko Al-Makura; George Akume, former Benue governor and current Minister of Special Duties; Sani Musa, senator for Niger East; and Abdulaziz Yari, former Deputy Chairman of the defunct CPC and former Zamfara governor, are among the contestants.

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Adamu succeeds former Edo state governor Adams Oshiomole, who was sacked by the party, while the current Yobe governor-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was appointed to conduct an election within six months.

Adamu was born on July 23, 1946, and began his education at Abdu Zanga Primary School in Keffi, which he finished in 1959 at Laminga Senior Primary School.

After finishing secondary school at the Government Technical College in Bukuru, Adamu went on to the Kaduna Polytechnic, where he earned a National Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering before graduating in 1968.

After completing the diploma program, he worked for the National Electric Power Authority as a maintenance supervisor for a short time. Adamu earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) at Kaduna Polytechnic in 1970 before joining the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC) in Kaduna.

In 1975, Adamu was appointed Executive Secretary of BEPCO (Benue-Plateau Construction Company) with headquarters in Jos after briefly consulting for AEK, a consulting firm.

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Adamu enrolled in the pioneer class of the University of Jos’ part-time Law degree in 1983, which he completed in 1992 before enrolling in the Nigeria Law School and being called to the bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1993.

Abdullahi Adamu is the husband of Hajia Khadijat and the father of five children.

ABDULLAHI ADAMU POLITICAL JOURNEY

Adamu’s political career began in 1977, when he was elected to the Constituent Assembly, a body tasked with drafting Nigeria’s Second Republic Constitution of 1979.

He was a founding member of the National Movement before the party was renamed the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), and he served as Secretary and later Chairman of the NPN in Plateau State in 1980.

Former Nigerian military Head of State Sani Abacha appointed him to the National Constitutional Conference in 1993 to draft the constitution for a new democratic government that never materialized.

In March 1995, he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Housing, where he served until November 17, 1997. As Minister, he was heavily involved in the United Nations-sponsored “Habitat II” program for urban, housing, and environmental development.

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When the Abacha junta lifted the ban on politics in 1997, he became a member of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and ran for governor of Nasarawa State until Abacha’s death in 1998.

With the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, Adamu joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ran for governor of Nasarawa State, which he won by a landslide and was sworn into office on May 29, 1999.

He was re-elected for a second term in 2003, winning by a massive landslide. He stepped down in 2007.

It will be remembered that Adamu declared his intention to run for the Nasarawa West senatorial seat in September 2010, just a few months before the 2011 general elections, which he won under the platform of the PDP.

He later defected from the PDP to join the APC, where he was elected to his second term as a senator in the Red Chamber. Similarly, he won a third term as an APC candidate in the senatorial district on February 23, 2019, defeating Bala Ahmed Aliyu of the opposition PDP.

Adamu is a Federal Republic of Nigeria senator currently in office.

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