Abba Kabir Yusuf (born 5 January 1963)[2] is a Nigerian politician who has served as governor of Kano State since May 2023.[3] He served as commissioner of Works, Housing and Transport when Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso was re-elected for a second term in the executive council of Kano State from 2011 to 2015.

Abba Kabir Yusuf
Governor of Kano State
Assumed office
29 May 2023
DeputyAminu Abdussalam Gwarzo
Preceded byAbdullahi Umar Ganduje
Kano State Commissioner of Works, Housing and Transport
In office
GovernorRabiu Kwankwaso
Personal details
Born (1963-01-05) 5 January 1963 (age 61)
Gaya, Northern Region, Nigeria (now in Kano State)
Political partyNew Nigeria Peoples Party (2022–present)
Other political
Peoples Democratic Party (1999–2022)
RelationsRabiu Kwankwaso (father-in-law)[1]
Residence(s)Kano, Nigeria
Alma mater
  • Politician
  • engineer
ProfessionCivil Engineering

Early life and education


Abba Kabir Yusuf (born Abubakar, nicknamed Abba, which became his official name) was born to the sullubawa Fulani clan the rulling class of the Kano Emirate from the family of Malam Kabiru Yusuf and Malama Khadijatul-Naja’atu in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State on 5 January 1963.

Yusuf started his Islamic education at an early age under the guidance of his late grandfather, Danmakwayon Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Bashari who was then District Head of Gaya local government area of Kano State, Nigeria.

He attended Sumaila primary school between 1968 and 1975. He then proceeded to Government Secondary School Dawakin Tofa and later moved to Government Secondary school Lautai in Gumel where he completed his secondary education in 1980. He gained admission into the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi in the defunct Gongola State, now Adamawa State, where he bagged his National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering in 1985 and later obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Water Resources/Environmental Engineering in 1989 at the famous Kaduna Polytechnic.

Yusuf went to Bayero University, Kano, where he obtained a postgraduate diploma and a master's degree in business administration.



Yusuf served the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps at Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) from 1989 to 1990.

He was appointed by Kano State Water Resources Engineering and Construction Agency (WRECA), where he held various positions.

President Umaru Musa Yaradua, appointed him as the chairman, Governing Board of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo State where he served between 2009 and 2011.

Political career


In 1999, Yusuf was appointed personal assistant to Rabiu Kwankwaso while he was the governor of Kano State; he was retained as personal assistant when Kwankwaso became a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003.

Yusuf become Commissioner of Works, Housing and Transport in 2011, when Kwankwaso became the governor of Kano State for a second term.

In 2018, Yusuf was anointed by his boss Rabiu Kwankwaso[4][5][6] to challenge the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 gubernatorial election because of their differences. Kwankwaso had anointed Ganduje in 2014 while he was his deputy and he won the election in 2015. Yusuf lost, and filled his case before the election tribunal.[7][8][9][10] but after all, the court dismissed the case.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

In 2022, Yusuf moved from the Peoples Democratic Party to the New Nigeria Peoples Party and was re-anointed by Kwankwaso to challenge Nasir Yusuf Gawuna in the 2023 elections. He was declared winner on 20 March 2023[18][19] and was issued his certificate of return on 29 March 2023.[20][21]

Governor of Kano State


Yusuf was elected governor of Kano State on 18 March 2023 under the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party alongside Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, his running mate.[22][23][24] They were sworn into office on 29 May 2023.[25]

Outcome of Election Tribunal


After Abba Kabir's victory, the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has challenged the victory and filed a petition to the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. The Tribunal Court declared Nasir Gawuna of APC as the winner of the 18 March election on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, and sacked Abba Kabir, the candidate of NNPP, from the governor of Kano State.[3] Abba challenged the decision of the election petition tribunals at the court of appeal in Abuja and The Court of Appeal in Abuja sacked Abba Yusuf as governor of Kano State, upholding the decision of the lower election petition tribunal that earlier nullified the governor’s election. After the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abba Kabir approached the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal's verdict. On 12 January 2024, the Supreme Court in Abuja overruled the Court of Appeal's decision and affirmed Abba Kabir Yusuf as the duly elected governor of Kano State.[26]


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