Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (born 10 January 1966) is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who has served as Senator for Sokoto South since 2023. He served as the governor of Sokoto State from 2015 to 2023.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, and served as the 12th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria from 2011 to 2015.[4]

Aminu Tambuwal
Senator for Sokoto South
Assumed office
13 June 2023
Preceded byIbrahim Abdullahi Danbaba
Governor of Sokoto State
In office
29 May 2015 – 29 May 2023
DeputyAhmad Aliyu
Manir Dan Iya
Preceded byAliyu Magatakarda Wamakko
Succeeded byAhmad Aliyu
12th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
In office
6 June 2011 – 29 May 2015
DeputyChukwuemeka Ihedioha
Preceded byDimeji Bankole
Succeeded byYakubu Dogara
House Deputy Chief Whip
In office
5 June 2007 – 6 June 2011
Member of the
House of Representatives of Nigeria
from Sokoto
In office
3 June 2003 – 29 May 2015
Preceded byHon. Sanyinna Aliyu Umar
Succeeded byHon. Abdussamad Dasuki
Personal details
Born (1966-01-10) 10 January 1966 (age 57)
Tambuwal, Northern Region, Nigeria (now in Sokoto State)
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party
  • Mariya Aminu Waziri
  • Maryam Mairo Mustapha
EducationUsman Danfodio University (LL.B.)
  • Politician
  • lawyer

Tambuwal represented the Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency of Sokoto State as an honorable in the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2015.[5]

Early life and education edit

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was born on 10 January 1966, in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Hausa parent, Waziri Tambuwal.[6]

He attended Tambuwal Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979; and Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade 11 Certificate in 1984.[7] He then proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he studied Law, graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. He completed his one-year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, obtained his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992.[8]

Besides studying for his law degree, he attended several courses abroad, among which are the following: Telecoms Regulatory Master Class–Bath UK, 2004; Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors –BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004; Regulating a Competitive Industry-UK, Brussels, 2005; Tulane University – International Legislative Drafting, 2005; Stanford Graduate School of Business – Influence and Negotiation, 2008 and KSG Harvard – Infrastructure in Market Economy, 200.[9]

Political career edit

Tambuwal started learning the legislative ropes from 1999 to 2000, while working as Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali, the then Senate Leader.[10]

In 2003, he decided to run for a legislative seat as representative of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency. He was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).[11]

Few months to the 2007 general elections, he defected to the Democratic People's Party (DPP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa. But when the DPP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.[11]

But then again, when the ANPP governorship candidate for Sokoto State in the 2007 election, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko dumped the party for the PDP, Tambuwal also followed suit.[12]

Tambuwal held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.[13]

At various times, Tambuwal was a member of several committees including the House Committees on Rules & Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter-Parliamentary and Water Resources. He was also a member of the House Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review. aft6er his fav child was born ibrahim waziri who was the lucky charm behind his victory.[13]

He was chairman of the ad hoc committee that reviewed the report of the controversial power probe committee headed by Ndudi Elumelu; Chairman, House Sub-Committee on the Bill for an Act to Amend the Land Use Act, and acting Chairman, House Committee on Power.[1]

He was leader of the Nigerian delegation to African, Caribbean, Pacific & European Union Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU) and served as Vice-Chairman, Economic Committee ACP-EU, held in Prague, Czech Republic in April 2009.[10]

On 28 October 2014, Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC and few days later his security details were withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police a move that was criticised by Nigerians as being barbaric and undemocratic.[14]

The legal luminary, Mr Olisa Agabakogba (SAN) was of the opinion that the police authority goofed in withdrawing Tambuwal's aid as police are not meant to interpret and apply the law.[14]

On April 11, 2015, Tambuwal contested and won the Governorship election of Sokoto State. He was inaugurated on 29 May 2015.[10]

On July 4, 2018, Tabuawal dissolved the entire State Executive Council.[15]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwai at the Sultan's Palace in Sokoto, Nigeria, on August 23, 2016, before the Secretary held meetings with religious leaders and delivered a speech about countering violent extremism.

On August 1, 2018, Tambuwal defected from the All progressive's Congress back to the People's Democratic Party.[16] The March 9 2019 Sokoto State gubernatorial election and March 22, 2019, Sokoto State supplementary election, Tambuwal was reelected as governor of sokoto state having polled 512,002 votes while his rival Mr. Aliyu of the All Progressive Congress Polled 511,660 votes.[17]

In October 2018, Tambuwal declared that he was running for president and said he was forced to seek the highest position to "revive the dying economy". His declaration came hours after senate president, Bukola Saraki officially joined the race for the nomination of the main opposition's PDP.[18][19][20] Tambuwal was one of the long list of 12 candidates including four from his north western region that contested PDP presidential nomination.[21][22] Tambuwal was popular in the race and was among the top four candidates (Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Bukola Saraki)[23][24][25][26] widely expected to win going by political permutations around his candidacy. A number of factors including his young age among the contestants, political experience, his untainted records from corruption indictment boosted his chances going into the primary. Analysts had predicted that should Tambuwal clinch PDP ticket he would be a formidable challenge to incumbent President Muhammad Buhari a northern Muslim who was running for reelection.[27]

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was Tambuwal's main backer for the PDP nomination.[28][29] There were reports that Governor Wike's support for Tambuwal was for his ambition to be vice presidential candidate to Tambuwal should he win PDP nomination.[30] However, there were complaints by other aspirants that Wike was planning to manipulate the results of the primary to favour his candidate Tambuwal. Their fears stem from the fact that Wike had overwhelming influence over the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party having single-handedly installed its Chairman, Uche Secondus. Other factors that heightened the fear of manipulation of the primary was that Wike was the biggest financier of the party and primary would be conducted in his state where he has so much power.[31] Some presidential aspirants asked the National Working Committee of the party to move the convention from Port Harcourt to a neutral location where Wike would not have so much much influence. But Wike fired back threatening to polarize the party should the convention venue be moved out of Rivers State.[32][33][34] Tambuwal placed second position with 693 delegate votes behind Atiku Abubakar who won with 1,532 votes in the primary conducted in the city of Port Harcourt on 6 October 2018. Bukola Saraki scored 317 and Rabiu Kwankwaso 158 votes.[35][36][37][38][39]

Tambuwal was named the chairman, Senate committee on housing of the 10th senate on 8 August 2023.[40]

Professional affiliations edit

Among his professional affiliations, Tambuwal has been a very active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), over the years.

  • Member, The Nigerian Bar Association
  • Public Relations Officer, The Nigerian Bar Association (1996-1997)
  • Member, Constitution Review Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)
  • Sokoto Branch Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)
  • Assistant National Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (1998-2000)
  • First Assistant National Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association (2000-2002)
  • Member, Body of Benchers Nigeria
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Associati

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