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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Mohammed Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso
FNSE
Senator for Kano State Central Senatorial District
Assumed office
11 June 2015
Preceded by Bashir Garba Lado
Governor of Kano State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Deputy Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Preceded by Aminu Isa Kontagora
Succeeded by Ibrahim Shekarau
In office
29 May 2011 – 29 May 2015
Preceded by Ibrahim Shekarau
Succeeded by Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Personal details
Born (1956-10-21) 21 October 1956
Kwankwaso Village, Madobi, Kano State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Political party All Progressive Congress (APC)
Relations Married
Children 8 Children
Residence Kano
Occupation Politician
Profession Engineer
Religion Islam
Website http://www.kwankwaso.org

Mohammed Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso is a Nigerian politician who was Governor of Kano State from 1999–2003 and again from 2011–2015.[1] In 2015, he contested the presidential election but lost in the primary election to Muhammad Buhari. He then successfully contested the senatorial election to represent Kano State Central Senatorial District .

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Governor 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Kwankwaso was born on 21 October 1956 in Kwankwaso village of Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State. He attended Kwankwaso Primary School, Gwarzo Boarding Senior Primary School, Wudil Craft School and Kano Technical College before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic where he did his National Higher National Diploma. He did postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom a Middlesex Polytechnic (1982-1983) and Loughborough University of Technology (1983 -1985) where he got his Masters Degree in Water Engineering. Kwankwaso was an active student leader during his school days and was an elected official of the Kano State Students Association.

Career

Kwankwaso started work in 1975 at the Kano State Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency (WRECA), serving as a civil servant for 17 years in various capacities and rising through the ranks to become Principal Engineer.

In 1992, Kwankwaso was elected as a member of House of Representatives representing Madobi Federal Constituency. His subsequent election as Deputy Speaker in the House brought him to the limelight of national politics. He belonged to the Peoples Front faction of the SDP Led by General Shehu Yar'adua.

During the 1995 Constitutional Conference, Kwankwaso was elected to be one of the representatives from Kano, as a member of the Peoples Democratic Movement led by Yar'adua. He joined the PDP in 1998 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Movement in Kano led by Mallam Musa Gwadabe, Senator Hamisu Musa and Alh. Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila.

Governor

Kwankwaso was elected as the Executive Governor of the northern Nigerian state of Kano between 1999 and 2003, under the flag of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He lost re-election to Malam Ibrahim Shekarau whom he removed from the highest civil service position of permanent secretary to a Lecturer in a higher institution(College of Arts and Science, Kano). His tenure as the Governor of Kano State was very eventful because there were several groups opposed to his high handed governorship, and his attempt at supporting president Obasanjo who hails from a different tribal group. His party the PDP also became split between his supporters and those who opposed him.

Kwankwaso was subsequently appointed as the Minister of Defence in President Olusegun Obasanjo's cabinet in 2003. In 2007, he was appointed as the Presidential Special Envoy to Somalia and Darfur by the Obasanjo administration after losing the bid from his party to contest the 2007 general governorship election. He continued to use his influence at the Federal level to undermine his opponents especially the Kano State Government. He resigned his ministerial position to contest the election in 2007 but he lost because he had been indicted by a Government White Paper.

Kwankwaso was reelected for a second term as Kano state Governor on 26 April 2011 and sworn in on 29 May, 2011.[2] He won with a difference of sixty three thousand plus votes, his party won three quarters of the house of assembly seats, by winning 30 out of the total 40 seats in the state. On 26 November he was among five PDP governors who defected to the new opposition party APC, and formed a PDP splinter group in August known as the G-7.

In 2015, Kwankwaso contested the APC Presidential primaries but lost to Muhammadu Buhari. He was elected to the Senator for Kano State Central Senatorial District Seat on 2 March 2015.

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