Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari

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Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari
Governor of Zamfara State
Assumed office
29 May 2011
Preceded by Mahmud Shinkafi
Personal details
Born (1968-01-28) 28 January 1968 (age 49)
Political party All Progressives Congress (APC)

Alhaji Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari (born 1968) is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria in the 26 April 2011 national elections, running on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform.[1] Following the merger of the ANPP and several other opposition parties into the now-governing All Progressives Congress, Mr. Yari became a member of the All Progressives Congress.


He attended Talata Mafara Township Primary School, then proceeded to Government Teacher’s College in Bakura from 1979 to 1984. He finished his tertiary education at Sokoto Polytechnic from 1991 to 1994 where he obtained a certificate and later a Diploma in Secretarial Studies in 2004.[2]

Political career[edit]

Abubakar has been politically active since 1999 when he served as the Secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party between 1999 and 2003. He was elected to represent Talata Mafara/Anka Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. He was Zamfara State chairman of the ANPP, and a member of the cabinet of former Governor Ahmad Sani Yerima. During Sani's tenure, Yari was thought to have gained money from contracts.[3] In November 2007, Yari was among Zamfara state officials charged with money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.[4]

When Zamfara State Governor Mahmud Shinkafi defected to the PDP in January 2009, taking the ANPP’s state executive committee with him, the ANPP’s National Headquarters in Abuja was forced to create a Caretaker Committee headed by Yari. The committee's tenure was repeatedly extended.[5]

Yari was elected Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria in the 26 April 2011 national elections, running on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. Yari is the son-in-law of incumbent Governor Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), whom he defeated in the election by 514,962 votes to Shinkafi's 460,656 votes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bunmi Awolusi (April 29, 2011). "Kaduna, Bauchi hold peaceful elections". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. ^ "The Chairman Nigeria Governors' Forum". Nigeria Governors' Forum. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Muhammad Sabiu (18 September 2010). "2011: As Opposition Changes Face In Zamfara". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  4. ^ Olusola Fabiyi (23 Nov 2007). "EFCC charges ex-Zamfara SSG, commissioners with money laundering". The Punch. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  5. ^ Muhammed Sabiu (16 May 2010). "Zamfara ANPP and its divided house". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-29.