Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari

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Usman Sa'idu Nasamu Dakingari
Governor of Kebbi State
In office
2 April 2012 – 29 May 2015
Preceded byAminu Musa Habib Jega (Acting)
Succeeded byAbubakar Atiku Bagudu
Governor of Kebbi State
In office
29 May 2007 – 24 February 2012
Preceded byAdamu Aliero
Succeeded byAminu Musa Habib Jega (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1959-09-13) 13 September 1959 (age 59)
Dakin Gari, Kebbi State, Nigeria
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party (PDP)

Usman Sa'idu Nasamu Dakingari (born 13 September 1959) was elected governor of Kebbi State in Nigeria in April 2007, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1] He was reelected on 26 April 2011.[2] However, on 24 February 2012 the Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Kebbi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that nullified his election, and ordered a fresh election within 90 days.[3] He was elected again on 31 March and took office on 2 April.[4]


Sa'idu Usman Nasamu Dakin Gari of Kebbi State was born on 13 September 1959 in Dakin Gari. He attended the Sokoto State College of Arts & Science (1979–1981), and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980–1984), earning a B.A. in Geography. He did his National Service in Ondo State, then worked as a Town Planning Officer at the Sokoto State Ministry of Works and Housing (1985–1989). In 1989 he joined the Nigerian Customs Service as Superintendent of Customs.[1] He is married to three wives: Asmau, Zubaidah and Zainab, a daughter of Late President Umaru Yar'Adua.[5]

Governor of Kebbi State[edit]

After leaving the Customs service, Dakingari successfully contested the governorship of Kebbi State in April 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).[1]

Dakingari was reelected on 26 April 2011.[2] On 18 May 2011 his opponent from the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Malam Abubakar Abubakar, challenged the election on grounds of irregularities.[6] The Kebbi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal subsequently nullified the election and ordered a fresh election.[3] A Court of Appeal in Sokoto overturned the nullification on 29 December 2012, but did not give a reason for its decision until 23 January 2012, more than 60 days after the hearing. On 24 February 2012 the Supreme Court of Nigeria threw out the Court of Appeal's judgement due to the delay, declared the election annulled and ordered a fresh election within 90 days. Aminu Musa Habib Jega, speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, was made Acting Governor in his place.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Governor Sa'idu Usman Nasamu Dakin Gari of Kebbi State". Nigeria Governors' Forum. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ a b Sulaimon Olanrewaju & Olayinka Olukoya (28 April 2011). "GOV ELECTION: The winners are Ajimobi, Fashola, Amaechi, Amosun, Abdulfatah, Akpabio, Aliyu, Dakingari, Orji, Chime, Kwankwaso..." Nigerian Tribune. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE (February 25, 2012). "S'Court sacks Kebbi gov, Dakingari". The Punch. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  4. ^ GARBA MUHAMMAD; ELIZABETH ARCHIBONG & HENRY OMUNU (2 April 2012). "Nigeria: Dakingari Wins Kebbi Amid Controversy". The Moment (London). Retrieved 2012-04-054. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Saka Ibrahim (27 July 2007). "Yar'Adua's daughter now Kebbi's First Lady". This Day (Lagos),. Retrieved 2010-01-18.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Solomon Chung; Atika Balal; John Chuks Azu, Abuja & Umar Jibrilu Gwandu (25 February 2012). "Supreme Court sacks Kebbi governor". Weekly Trust. Retrieved 2012-03-05.