Ibrahim Idris

Ibrahim Idris (born 1949) is a Nigeria businessman who was elected Governor of Kogi State in Nigeria in April 2003, and reelected in April 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1] Idris was succeeded by his brother-in-law Captain Idris Wada, who won an election in December 2011 and took office in January 2012.[2]

Ibrahim Idris
Governor of Kogi State
In office
March 2008 – January 2011
Preceded byClarence Olafemi
Succeeded byIdris Wada
In office
May 29, 2003 – February 6, 2008
DeputyPhilip Salawu
Preceded byAbubakar Audu
Succeeded byClarence Olafemi
Personal details
Idah Local Government Area
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party


Ibrahim Idris was born in 1949 at Idah town, Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State. He started his primary education in 1954 in Onitsha, Anambra State. In 1962, he moved to Kano, where he completed his primary education in 1963. He moved to Buguma in Rivers State where he enrolled in King’s Commercial College in 1964. He holds a bachelor degree from University of Abuja [1]

After leaving school he launched the Ibro Trading Company, with interests in construction, furniture making, hotels and other activities. In 1970, he moved to Sokoto where he set up the Ibrahim Furniture Factory, the largest in Sokoto State, and later the Ibro Hotel, the first 3-star hotel in the old Sokoto State.[1]

Governor of Kogi StateEdit

Idris, an Igala, emerged PDP governorship candidate for Kogi State in the 2003 general elections after defeating an Ebira leader, Senator Ahmed Tijani Ahmed at the primaries of then ruling party in Nigeria at the federal level. He was elected governor of Kogi State on the PDP platform in April 2003, after beating then governor Prince Abubakar Audu of the All People's Party, APP. Ibrahim assumed office on 29 May 2003.[3]

Idris was re-elected in April 2007, but was later nullified on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had wrongly excluded the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate Abubakar Audu from the April 14, 2007 governorship poll. On February 6, 2008, the Court of Appeal upheld this ruling and ordered a new election to be held within three months. President Umaru Yar'Adua ordered the Speaker of the House of Assembly to take over as acting governor.[4]

In a repeat election held on March 29, 2008, Idris was returned as the Governor of Kogi State. His opponent, Abubakar Audu, challenged the result of the by-election on the basis of massive electoral fraud including violence and theft of ballot boxes.[5]

ADC Airlines Flight 53 'miracle'Edit

On the October 29, 2006 plane crash, his 3 daughters survived the accident along with six other people. About this he claimed: 'This is a superlative show of mercy to me and my family by Almighty Allah. I lack words to express my gratitude to the Almighty Father for this favour. I can only call on Nigerians and indeed humanity in general to join me in thanksgiving for His benevolence'.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State". Nigeria Governors Forum. Retrieved December 13, 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Confusion In Kogi As Gov Idris Rejects Assembly Speaker, Swears In Gov-Elect Instead…Chief Judge Boycotts Ceremony". IRNG. January 27, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-01-13. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Ralph Omololu Agbana (December 4, 2004). "Kogi PDP Crisis: My Story, by Deputy Governor, Philip Salawu". BNW News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Kunle Olasanmi (February 7, 2008). "Kogi Speaker takes over as Idris loses appeal". The Nation. Archived from the original on May 10, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Achem Abdullahi. "Nigeria: Kogi Tribunal And an O'level Certificate". Vanguard. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Emeka Mamah, Rotimi Ajayi & Ben Aganda (October 31, 2006). "Crash: Miracle girl walks out unhurt". Vanguard. Retrieved December 13, 2009.[dead link]