Senator Adamu Aliero (GarkuwanGwandu) – Former Kebbi State Governor (1999 – 2007), Senator of the Federal Republic (2007 – 2008), FCT Minister (2008 – 2010)

Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero was born on January 1, 1957 in Aliero, Aliero Local Government Area of Kebbi State. He was governor of Kebbi State from May 29, 1999 to May 28, 2007. A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he was elected Senator representing Kebbi Central Constituency (June 5, 2007 – December 18, 2008) and was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (December 2008 – March 2010).

His elementary education commenced in 1965 at Aliero Town Planning School. He then attended Government Secondary School in Koko and graduated in 1976.

He gained admission into the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University, where he enrolled in the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) certificate programme. He began undergraduate studies in 1977 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree Political Science in 1980.

In 1981, Senator Aliero began his working career as an administrative officer at the College of Education in Sokoto and joined the Nigeria Customs and Excise Service same year. In 1997 he voluntarily resigned from the Customs and Excise Service and went into the private business, dealing in export and import trade.

His political career began in 1998 when, running on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP), he contested and won a Senate seat representing the Kebbi Central constituency. The results of the election were annulled soon after they were announced. Following the death of military dictator Sani Abacha and a brief period of transition, new elections were held. Now in the All People’s Party (APP), Aliero contested and won the Kebbi State gubernatorial election. He was sworn in on May 29, 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 for a second four-year term. He was one of the only four incumbent APP (renamed: All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) following factionalisation of the party) that was re-elected.

Senator Aliero eventually left the ANPP and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in February 2007. He contested the April 2007 General Elections for the Senate and won under the banner of the PDP. He left the Senate to take up Ministerial Appointment and was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration from December 2008 to March 2010. He left the PDP for CPC in 2011 due to irreconcilable differences with the Governor of the state, but returned to the PDP in 2012.

Senator Aliero is a successful business man and farmer. He holds substantial shares in Labana Farms Limited which has one of the biggest rice mills in North West of Nigeria.

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