Ibrahim Shema

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Ibrahim Shehu Shema
Governor of Katsina State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded by Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Succeeded by Aminu Bello Masari
Personal details
Born 22 September 1956
Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Ibrahim Shehu Shema is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was elected Governor of the northern Katsina State during the 2007 general elections.[1] He was re-elected for another four-year term on 28 April 2011, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.[2] His second four-year term ended on 29 May 2015 and hands over to Aminu Bello Masari, the new elected governor on the platform of All Progressives Congress.


Ibrahim Shema was born on 22 September 1952 at Dutsin Ma town in Katsina State. He attended Nasarawa Primary School, Katsina (1964–1971) and Government Secondary School, Kafanchan (1972–1976). He studied at the College of Arts, Science & Technology, Zaria from 1977 to 1980, when he gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with an LLB in 1983. A year later, he obtained his B.L at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. While practicing law, he studied for a Master of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, which he obtained in 1998.[1]

Political career[edit]

Shema was the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice (August 1999 - May 2003) during Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's first term as Governor of Katsina State, after which he returned to his private legal practice in Kaduna. In January 2005, he was appointed as a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Special Committee on the Anambra Crisis. He then served as the deputy national chairman (North-west zone) of the People's Democratic Party (September 2005 - November 2006), At the same time, serving as Chairman of the PDP National Disciplinary Committee, and Chairman, Governing Council, Peoples Democratic Institute. Shema also served as Chairman, National Reconciliation Committee for the South-South PDP (May to June 2006). He also served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) from December 2005 to November 2006, when he won the PDP's ticket to contest the 2007 gubernatorial elections in Katsina State.

Governor of Katsina State[edit]

Location of Katsina state in Nigeria

Ibrahim Shema was elected Governor of Katsina State on 12 April 2007, as successor to Umaru Yar'Adua, who had been elected President. He took office on 29 May 2007. Shema has been described as a "stingy governor," since he has refused to open the State's vault for Katsina politicians, a characteristic he shares with his predecessor, Yar'Adua .[3]

Shema was reelected for another four-year term on 28 April 2011, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. Shema won 1,027,912 votes, followed by Masari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 555,769 votes. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate came third with 19,990 votes.[2]


After the demise of late Yaradua, it became obvious that governor Shema was not in good terms with some of the late president's relatives and this caused factions with the ruling party and people of the state.

A PDP leader in Katsina, Tasiu Umar Mashi, died in November 2009, in the office of the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Danazumi Doma. Controversy over the circumstances leading to his death stirred up tensions between rival PDP factions, one supporting Shema and the other led by the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr. Abba Sayyadi Ruma. In December 2010, Shema again won the Peoples democratic party's governorship primaries, in a contest in which he was the only candidate.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina". Nigeria Governors Forum. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Guber Polls - PDP Shocks the North". Leadership. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  3. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (23 August 2009). "North -West 2011: The storm gathers". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ Imam Imam (24 November 2009). "In Katsina, Tasiu's Death Sparks Off Controversy". ThisDay. Retrieved 2009-12-13.