Abdullahi Adamu

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Abdullahi Adamu
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Governor of Nasarawa State
In office
May 1999 – May 2007
Preceded by Bala Mande
Succeeded by Aliyu Doma
Senator for Nasarawa West
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Abubakar Sodangi
Personal details
Born 23 July 1946
Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Abdullahi Adamu (born 23 July 1946) was governor of Nasarawa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Background[edit]

Abdullahi Adamu was born at Keffi, Nasarawa State, on 23 July 1946. He attended the Government Secondary School, Makurdi (1960–1962), the Government Technical College, Bukuru (1962–1965) and Kaduna Polytechnic (1965–1968). He returned to Kaduna Polytechnic for a Higher National Diploma in June 1971.[1]

Abdullahi Adamu started work in 1967 with the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria. In 1971 he joined the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC) Kaduna. In 1973 he became a joined AEK, a consultancy firm, where he was Project Manager for construction of Durbar Hotel and Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna. In October 1975, he was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Benue/Plateau Construction Company by the Benue/Plateau State government. From February 1980 – September 1983 he was Chairman of the Benue Cement Company, Gboko.[1]

In 1987, he enrolled in the part–time degree programme of the University of Jos, obtaining an LLB (Hons) in 1992. He enrolled in the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he obtained his BL and was called to the Bar as a solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria in December 1993.[1]

Early political career[edit]

Adamu entered politics in 1977, and was elected to the Constituent Assembly, which drafted the constitution for Nigeria's short-lived Second Republic (1979–1983). He was a pioneer member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the first Secretary-General of the NPN in Plateau State from December 1978, and chairman of the NPN in the Plateau from 1982 to 1983, when military rule began again. In 1994 he was appointed to the National Constitutional Conference by General Sani Abacha's administration. In March 1995, Adamu was appointed a minister of state of the Works and Housing ministry, holding this position until November 1997. When the ban on political activity was lifted in 1997, he joined the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). In 1998, Adamu became a founding member of People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]

Nasarawa Governor[edit]

In April 1999, Abdullahi Adamu ran successfully for position of governor of Nasarawa State on the PDP platform. He was re-elected in April 2003.[1]

In December 2003, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu welcomed Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on a visit to Karu, where she was entertained by cultural troupes.[2] Abdullahi Adamu promised to make Nasarawa famous with the State's solid mineral natural resources and tourist attractions such as the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls and the flowing Eggon hills.[3] He backed construction of the Farin Ruwa Hydro-Electric plant, visiting South Korea in 2004 and later awarding the engineering contract to the South Korean firm Yooshing Engineering.[4] In September 2005 he launched the School Feeding Programme in the State of Nasarawa, which aims to provide a fortified nutritional supplement to primary school children.[5]

Subsequent career[edit]

After the end of his two-term governorship, Adamu became Secretary, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In November 2009, a group of prominent PDP members stated that they would support his candidacy in the 2011 elections for the Nasarawa West Senate constituency.[6]

In Feb 2010, Adamu was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly embezzling $100 million of government money meant for public projects.[7]

Adamu was the PDP candidate for the Nasarawa West Senatorial seat in the April 2011 elections.[8] In an interview in February 2011 he dismissed the EFCC case, saying it was based on "mere allegations", and said it would not affect his candidature.[9] In the event, he was elected with 121,414 votes, while his closest rival, retired General Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), polled 93,050 votes.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e TEHEMBA DZOMON (13 February 2009). "Abdullahi Adamu and the inspiration of leadership". Newspage. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberto Lopez and Bassey Okon. "Royal Visit". Academic Associates PeaceWorks. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nasarawa State". Nasarawa State Tourism. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Inuwa Bwala (24 August 2004). "Gov. Abdullahi Adamu's Korea's initiative". Newsday. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nasarawa State School Feeding Programme". Tetrapak. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ CHEKE EMMANUEL (23 November 2009). "Nasarawa 2011: Group wants former governor for Senate". Compass. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ JON GAMBRELL (23 February 2010). "Nigerian politician accused of embezzling $100M". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Funmi Salome Johnson (3 April 2011). "Jos crises getting out of hand –Abdullahi Adamu". National Mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Hir Joseph (14 February 2011). "EFCC's case against me, mere allegation – Abdullahi Adamu". Daily Trust. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Ahmed Tahir Ajobe & Hir Joseph (12 April 2011). "Adamu wins in Nasarawa West". Daily Trust. 

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