Namadi  Sambo

Namadi Sambo

Vice President

Place of Birth: Zaria

Education: Government Secondary School (now Alhuda-Huda College), 1967-71; BSc and MSc, Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, 1973-78.

Bauchi State Urban Development Board, 1979; Kaduna State Commissioner of Agriculture, 1986; Commissioner for Works, Transport and Housing, 1988; Governor, Kaduna State, 2007-10; Vice President of Nigeria, 2010 to date..

Commentary: Sambo became Kaduna State Governor in 2007, after a run off with Senator Isaiah Balat, the favorite to win the election and one of the five founders of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna. Sambo had the support of Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, the previous Kaduna State Governor, who, despite a close political relationship with Balat, preferred Sambo, a fellow Muslim.

Sambo had not even been a PDP member six months earlier, and after his victory had to be prompted to remember the party slogan. Many were resentful of Sambo's election (especially in Balat’s Southern Kaduna) and felt he was Makarfi's stooge and a beneficiary of an act of religious bigotry.

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Small earthquake, President slightly hurt

He may also be playing games with the two governors, perhaps suggesting to each of them that they could replace the lacklustre Namadi Sambo as Vice-President...

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The governors and the insurgency

Northern politicians, such as Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo and the Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, as well as most northern governors from the governing People’s Democratic Party, want change at the top, certainly before the next elections in 2015...

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Turning security upside down

David Mark who, as Senate President, is third in line for the Presidency, after Vice-President Namadi Sambo...

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How terror came to Kano

We hear a group of Western diplomats met Vice-President Namadi Sambo shortly after the Kano attacks...

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The business of terror

Vice-President Namadi Sambo, a mild-mannered architect and the most senior northerner in government, admitted limits to government power: 'There are no simple solutions to the complex problems' in the north...

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Maiduguri's terror crisis

Boko Haram targets northern leaders it sees as having aided Jonathan’s rise: Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and ex-Governor Ibrahim Shekarau...

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Better elections, dangerous politics

They razed Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo’s home in Zaria, and Emirs’ properties in Katsina, Kano and across the north...

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A trap for the juggernaut

Yet in Kaduna, from where Vice-President Namadi Sambo hails, the CPC appears to have trounced the PDP, a worrying sign for Jonathan’s support-base before the presidential vote...

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Into the unknown

As his Vice-President, Jonathan chose the little-known Mohammed Namadi Sambo, former Governor of Kaduna State...

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Reformers, politicians and generals

The governors approved the choice of Mohammed Namadi Sambo, former Kaduna State Governor, as Vice-President and ditched Ogbulafor, making way for a new chair from the south-east...

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