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Born (August 8, 1956) in Makarfi Local Government of Kaduna State,Senator Ahmed Makarfi is a seasoned Nigerian politician of North-Western extract, and former National Caretaker Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.
He was the former Governor of Kaduna State (1999-2007) and also served as Senator for Kaduna North from the year (2007- 2015).
Makarfi has vast experience in governance, leadership and administration which has positioned him as one of the critical leaders in the dispensation of the fourth republic.
He attended Federal Government College, Enugu (1973 to 1978) one of the foremost Nigerian unity schools, and was classmate to former Governor of Cross River State Senator Liyel Imoke.
For his University Education, he was admitted to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University where he studied Accounting.
The former Kaduna State Governor was a part-time lecturer in the Department of Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1987-1993).
During the period he was a part-time lecturer, Makarfi furthered his studies and obtained his Master’s degree in Accounting from the same University.
His career began with Nigerian Universal Bank, where he experienced a steady rise to the position of Assistant General Manager.
In 1994 at a young age, Senator Makarfi was appointed the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in Old Kaduna State.
Apart from serving as Commissioner in Kaduna State, he was a member of the board of trustees of Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja.
Makarfi was elected as Executive Governor of Kaduna State, under the People’s Democratic Party (1999-2003) and won a second term(2003-2007).
Under his tenure as Governor, he embarked on critical projects like rural electrification, massive road network infrastructure, human capital development, empowerment programmes for the youth amongst others.
After serving as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 8 years, Makarfi joined the lead of influential politicians in the PDP engaging widely on issues of national development.
He continued to play a leadership role in Kaduna State and emerged the National Caretaker Chairman of the PDP, after the party lost the general elections in 2015.
Makarfi has the arduous task of repositioning a party that was battling sustainability and coherence.
The experienced politician worked tirelessly to rally party members and aggrieved members, to form a united front.
His party leadership faced a massive challenge from Ali Modi Sheriff(former Governor of Borno State), who took the party to court claiming he was the legitimate Chairman.
Makarfi was resolute in his job and was in 2017 affirmed as the recognized Chairman of the party, by the Supreme Court.
He will be remembered for the convention he successfully hosted in 2017, that saw the election of Mr Uche Secondus as the new National Chairman of the party.
The former Governor is now under pressure to contest the 2019 Presidential Elections, as one of the aspirants and is tipped as one of the favorites to emerge from the PDP.
He is a focused politician who has remained in the party, despite the myriad of challenges.
His passion for Nigeria is borne out of the need to build a united, prosperous and resourceful nation.
For now he is a prospective Presidential aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party, even though he has denied any ambition to contest the 2019 general elections.
He is married to Hajia Asmau Makarfi Former First Lady of Kaduna State and is blessed with four Children.