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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal: Okowa Greets Sokoto Gov. At 56

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal: Okowa Greets Sokoto Gov. At 56
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal: Okowa Greets Sokoto Gov. At 56 (Photo via-Okowa/Instagram)

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has been hailed by his friend and counterpart in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as he marks his 56th birthday today.

The Governor of Delta state, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who joined other Nigerians to wish the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal a happy 56th birthday, sent in his family best wishes to the Governor.

Governor Okowa in his birthday message on Monday 10th January 2022 to the Governor of Sokoto state, also prayed that “…God continues to grant him strength, wisdom, and good health as you serve your people and our nation,” he said.

The birthday message from Governor Okowa reads:

I join the family and friends of my dear brother, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of the PDP Governor’s Forum to congratulate him as he celebrates his birthday today.

I pray that God continues to grant you strength, wisdom, and good health as you serve your people and our nation,” he added.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal:

Aminu was born on January 10, 1966, in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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).

A 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On 28 October 2014, Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC and a 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.

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

On August 1, 2018, Tambuwal defected from the All progressive’s Congress back to the People’s Democratic Party.

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.

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