Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko

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Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko
Governor of Sokoto State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded by Attahiru Bafarawa
Succeeded by Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Personal details
Born (1953-03-01) 1 March 1953 (age 64)
Wamakko, Sokoto State, Nigeria
Political party APC

Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko was elected governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in April 2007, representing the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]


Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State was born on 1 March 1953 in Wamakko, Sokoto State. He spent five years (1968-1972) at the Sokoto Teachers’ College. After graduation, he worked as a teacher from 1973-1977 before being admitted to the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. He graduated with a B.Sc. in August 1980. Returning to Nigeria, he taught at Sokoto Teachers College.[1]

Aliyu Wamakko took a job as Principal Assistant Secretary of Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA), later being promoted to Acting Secretary. He worked at Kaura Namoda LGA, and was appointed Chairman of the Sokoto LGA from 1986-1987. He became General Manager, Hotel Management and Tourism Board, Sokoto. In March 1992 he was promoted to Director-General, Careers and Special Services, Governor’s Office, Sokoto in March 1992. He was elected Deputy Governor of Sokoto State to Governor Attahiru Bafarawa in 1999, on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was re-elected Deputy Governor for a second term in April 2003. He resigned as Deputy Governor of Sokoto State on 15 March 2006.[1]

Governor of Sokoto State[edit]

Location of Sokoto State in Nigeria

Aliyu Wamakko ran successfully for Governor of Sokoto State in April 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, and assumed office on 29 May 2007.[1] Following an appeal, his election was annulled in April 2008 on the basis that he had still been a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) when he won the PDP nomination.[2] Abdullahi Balarabe Salame was appointed Acting Governor (11 April - 28 May 2008) while a re-run was arranged.[3] It was said that the contest was not so much between Wamakko and Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi of the DPP, as between Wamakko and his predecessor Attahiru Bafarawa, founder of DPP.[4] Wamakko regained his seat in the May 2008 re-run. His opponent claimed that the election was rigged and said he would appeal to the courts.[5]

In 2007 Wamakko launched the State Poverty Reduction Agency (SPORA) to run programs such as the youth skills acquisition program.[6] In September 2009 he pleaded for patience over 2,000 housing units nearing completion, saying they were meant for the people of the state, are limited and cannot even go round. He also stated that the state government would not establish a Micro-finance bank or industries, but would support any individual who wish to do so.[7]

In October 2009, the Sokoto State Commissioner of Justice said that the state was about to prosecute Wamakko's predecessor Attahiru Bafarawa and five others for alleged misappropriation of N2.919 billion. Bafarawa said the Sokoto commission of inquiry had been set up by Wamakko solely in order to discredit him. He said that Wamakko was his deputy whom the House nearly removed for corrupt tendencies, and that "If there were such illegal deductions and withdrawals, he should be in a better position to answer for them."[8] Bafarawa asked the commission to invite Wamakko to testify so that certain issues could be clarified, but his request was refused on the ground that to do so was beyond the commission's mandate.[9]


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  2. ^ "Sent Packing". The News. April 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  3. ^ "ADMINISTRATIVE SET-UP". Sokoto State Government. Archived from the original on July 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  4. ^ JOSSY IDAM (25 May 2008). "Re-run polls: Wamakko, Sylva set to return". OnlineNigeria. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  5. ^ "PDP maintains winning steak". afrol News. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  6. ^ BASHIR RABE (6 August 2009). "Wamakko's war against poverty". New Nigerian Newspapers. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  7. ^ Mohammed Aminu (22 September 2009). "Housing - Wamakko Pleads for Patience". ThisDay. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Sokoto to prosecute Bafarawa, 5 others over alleged N2.9bn scam". Vanguard. 30 October 2009. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Bafarawa/ Wamakko Political Enmity". Leadership Nigeria. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-05.