Sahabi Alhaji Yaú

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Sahabi Alhaji Yaú
National Senator
Assumed office
ConstituencyZamfara North
Personal details
Born (1956-07-16) 16 July 1956 (age 62)
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party (PDP)

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú is a Nigerian politician who was elected to represent the All Nigeria Peoples Party as Senator in the Zamfara North district of Zamfara State in 2007.[1]


Sahabi Alhaji Yaú has a Masters In Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma In Management.[1]

Political career[edit]

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú was elected to the senate on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) slate for the Zamfara North Senatorial District in 2007. He was appointed to committees on Downstream Petroleum, Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Public Accounts and States & Local Government.[1]

After the state governor Alhaji Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi transferred his allegiance from the ANPP to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sahabi Ya'u made it clear that he retained loyalty to Shinkafi, although he still remains technically a member of the ANPP.[2] In February 2008, Ya’u gave his support for President Umaru Yar'Adua (PDP) against charges that he was indecisive, saying that it was necessary to study situations in Nigeria thoroughly before taking decisions.[3]

In March 2009, Yaú said that the National Assembly's Joint Committee on Constitution Review, of which he is a member, was considering giving the third tier of government in Nigeria budgets independent of the state governments. The goal would be to ensure that funding for local projects was used for the intended purpose.[4]

In the 9 April 2011 elections, Yaú ran for re-election as Zamfara North Senator, this time on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He won with 118,056 votes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Sahabi Ya'u was party to high-profile court case after one of his wives maintained she had not consented to their marriage.[6] The case attracted international attention because it involved the intersection of Islamic and secular courts in the Nigerian legal system.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Sahabi Alh. Yaú". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  2. ^ "Waiting to cross carpet". Daily Trust. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  3. ^ "Yar'Adua not Baba go-slow, declares ANPP Senator, Sahabi Ya'u". Daily Sun. February 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  4. ^ "Constitution Review - Local Councils May Get Autonomy". Daily Independent (Lagos). 9 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  5. ^ "More election results:Yerima returns to Senate". Vanguard. April 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  6. ^ a b "Nigeria court rejects 'forced marriage' case". BBC. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011.