Ibrahim Gaidam

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Ibrahim Gaidam
Governor of Yobe State
In office
January 27, 2009 – 29 May 2019
Preceded byMamman Bello Ali
Succeeded byMai Mala Buni
Deputy Governor of Yobe State
In office
May 29, 2007 – January 27, 2009
Preceded byAliyu Sale Bagare
Succeeded byAbubakar Ali
Senator Yobe East District
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Preceded byBukar Abba Ibrahim
Personal details
BornSeptember 15, 1956
Bukarti, Yunusari LGA, Yobe State

Ibrahim Gaidam is a Nigerian politician and the incumbent Senator of Yobe State East District l, Nigeria since June 2019.[1] He was the immediate past governor of Yobe State, succeeded by the Former APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni on 29 May 2019.[2]


Ibrahim Gaidam was born on 15 September 1956 in Bukarti village, Yunusari local government area in the old Borno, now Yobe state. He attended the Borno Teachers' College (BTC), Maiduguri from 1974 to 1979, where he obtained a Teachers' Certificate. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1981 and 1983, earning a Diploma in Accountancy. Later he returned to Ahmadu Bello University, earned a BSc in Accountancy Degree in 1990 and became a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria.[3]

Public service career[edit]

As an accountant, Ibrahim Gaidam worked in several government ministries in the old Borno State, later Yobe State. He was Assistant Director of Finance in the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure, acting Director of Finance and Supplies in the Yobe Information and Culture Ministry. Ibrahim Gaidam left the civil service in 1995 when he was appointed the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, and then Commissioner of Commerce and Industries. He returned to the civil service and from 1997 to 2007, he was a Director in the State Finance Ministry and Permanent Secretary in various other ministries.[3]

Political career[edit]

Location of Yobe State in Nigeria

In April 2007, Ibrahim Gaidam was elected Deputy Governor of Yobe State on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform, and was sworn into office on May 29, 2007. He was sworn in as Executive Governor on January 27, 2009 following the death of Governor Mamman Bello Ali in Florida of a liver problem.[1] Alhaji Abubakar Ali, brother of Mamman Ali, was named as the new deputy governor.[4]

Ibrahim Gaidam was appointed chair of the ANPP tactical committee for the 2011 elections.[5]

Following violence and rioting incited by the Boko Haram radical Islamic sect in July 2009 in northern Nigeria, the Northern Governors' Forum (NGF) called an emergency meeting in Kaduna to discuss security matters. Of the nineteen governors of northern Nigeria, only Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Mohammed Namadi Sambo of Kaduna and Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe attended in person.[6]

In November 2009, Ibrahim Gaidam gave a Sallah goodwill message to the people of Yobe State on the occasion of the Eid el-Kabir celebration. In his speech, he cautioned youths against being incited to violence by selfish religious teachers and rumour mongers, referring to the violence in July, 2009. He called on all Muslims to cooperate with each other and to co-habit peacefully with followers of other religions in the state.[7]

Gaidam was elected on 26 April 2011 for a second term as governor.[2]

Gaidam was also elected on 11 April 2015 for a third term as governor.

Geidam was elected as senator representing Yobe East in 9th NASS on 23 March 2019


  1. ^ a b "Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State". Nigeria Governors Forum. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Sulaimon Olanrewaju; Olayinka Olukoya (April 28, 2011). "GOV ELECTION: The winners are Ajimobi, Fashola, Amaechi, Amosun, Abdulfatah, Akpabio, Aliyu, Dakingari, Orji, Chime, Kwankwaso..." Nigerian Tribune. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Gaidam sworn in as Yobe governor". Daily Trust. January 27, 2009. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "Yobe names Ali's brother deputy governor". The Guardian. January 29, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  5. ^ Fidelis Soriwei (November 28, 2009). "Why ANPP wins in the North – Publicity Secretary". The Punch. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Dr. Robert Sanda (August 4, 2009). "Fifteen Governors Absent as Northern Governors Forum Holds Emergency Meeting Over Boko Haram Carnage: The Implication". Nigeria World. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Avoid All Forms Of Manipulation, Geidam Urges". Leadership Nigeria. 27 November 2009. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2009.