Ahmed Makarfi

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Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi (born August 8, 1956 in Makarfi , Nigeria ) was governor of the Nigerian state of Kaduna from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 .


Ahmed Makarfi was born in Makarfi in the state of Kaduna and attended elementary school from 1965 to 1973. He then attended until 1978 the Federal Government College in Enugu . From 1979 he studied accounting at the School of Basic Studies of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria . From 1985 to 1987 Makarfi was a lecturer in business administration in Zaria, at the same time he graduated as a Master of Science in accounting and finance.

Makarfi became Deputy Director General of Nigeria Universal Bank and was temporarily appointed from 2004 by the Executive Council of Kaduna State to head the Economic and Financial Planning Committee. At the same time he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Management in Abuja . In 1999, Ahmed Makarfi was elected governor of Kaduna as a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP); In 2003 he was re-elected in this capacity. As in eleven other northern Nigerian states, Sharia was introduced in Kaduna in 2000 , but its application in Kaduna is considered to be relatively moderate.

Ahmed Makarfi originally intended to run as a candidate for the PDP in the April 2007 presidential election. In December 2006 he joined the group of 20 inner-party candidates, but was defeated by the candidate couple Yar'Adua / Jonathan and withdrew his candidacy. From May 29, 2007 to 2011, he was Senator for the Kaduna North District.

In 2016 he became party leader of the PDP, but was voted out of this post the following year.


  1. BBC News : "Sharia compromise for Kaduna," October 12, 2000
  2. http://saharareporters.com/ : "Looting of Rivers State: Odili withdraws from PDP presidential primaries" , December 15, 2006