Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on Saturday (today), emerged as the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adamu emerged as the consensus candidate of the party during the convention after President Muhammadu Buhari asked all other aspirants to step down for the former Governor of Nasarawa State.
He was the governor of Nasarawa between 1999 and 2007 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from where he decamped to the APC.
Adamu won election in 2011 to represent Nasarawa West in the senate. He has remained in the upper legislative chamber ever since.
The 75-year-old was educated at the Kaduna Polytechnic and the University of Jos where he studied law. He attended the Nigerian Law School in Lagos and was called to bar in 1993 as a solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He was born in Keffi, Nasarawa State, and is married to Khadijat Abdullahi Adamu.
Adamu officially joined politics in 1977 and was a pioneer member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
He was also a founding member of the PDP under which he won the Nasarawa State governorship seat in 1999. He was re-elected in 2003.
Adamu later became Secretary, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after his time as the Governor of Nasarawa State.
He was arrested in 2010 for allegedly embezzling $100 million during his time as governor.
The senator joined the APC in early 2014. He was a member of the New PDP that joined with other political parties to form the APC.
He is expected to ensure the party retains power in 2023.
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