Usman Albishir

Usman Albishir
Senator for Yobe North
Assumed office
29 May 1999
Succeeded by Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan
Personal details
Born 15 June 1945
Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria
Died 2 July 2012
Political party PDP

Senator Shehu Usman Albishir was born on 15 June 1945, to the business family of Alhaji Albishir Abdullahi and Late Hajiya Fatima Albishir. He was married with seven surviving children, three boys and four girls.


He attended the following schools: Nguru Central Primary School (1953–1954), Islamic Quaranic School(1954–1956), Hausari Primary School, Maiduguri (1956–1959), Nguru Senior Primary School, Nguru (1959 – 1960), Provincial Secondary School, Maiduguri (Now Government College 1964 – 1968). He obtained the following Certificates First Primary School Leaving Certificate (1960), University of London General Certificate of Education (GCE 1966), West African School Certificate (1968).


After successful completion of basic education, he ventured into family business activities, where he obtained fatherly tutelage that positioned him to achieve his present business astuteness and entrepreneurial acumen that culminated in the formation of chains of diversified business activities ranging from manufacturing, shipping, airline, construction and merchandising to mention just a few.


His political expedition started in 1998 transitional programme of late General Sani Abacha, where he contested and won with landslide, senatorial election into the then National Assembly on the platform of United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). Consequent upon, in 1999 after the disbandment of the 3rd National Assembly, he re-contested and won the senatorial election on the platform of All Peoples’ Party (APP). While in the senate, in recognition of his administrative and managerial acumen, he was elected APP Senate Leader, a position he occupied from June 1999 to April 2003.[1] He resigned this appointment voluntarily. In June 1999, Albishir was appointed to committees on Selection, Banking & Currency, Defense, Transport and Privatization.[2]

He re-contested and won the Yobe North Senatorial District election in April 2003 on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform.[3]

After reelection in 2003, he was appointed Senate Minority Leader, but resigned the position under pressure in December 2004.[4]

Albishir was a contender to be ANPP candidate for the 2007 Yobe State governorship race, supported by the incumbent Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim, and won 382 votes against Senator Mamman Bello Ali's 88 votes in the primary election.[5] However, due to legal issues the party named Bello Ali as candidate and he was elected. Albishir appealed this decision, and the case dragged through the courts until in February 2010 the Supreme Court finally dismissed his last appeal.[6] Albishir later transferred to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in hopes of winning the 2011 governorship election on that platform.[7]

On 11 January 2011, at the PDP primaries held at the August 27th Stadium in Damaturu, Yobe State, Usman Albishir defeated former minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri and Mallam Garba Umar to clinch the party's governorship ticket for the general election in April 2011. Engineer Yakubu Bello withdrew from the race shortly before the commencement of the election while Hassan Saleh, erstwhile Secretary to Yobe State government, withdrew a few days later. Albishir scored 388 votes; Waziri got 226 while Garba Umar scored 46.[8]


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