Sahabi Alhaji Yaú

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú
National Senator
Assumed office
Constituency Zamfara North
Personal details
Born (1956-07-16) 16 July 1956 (age 58)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Politician

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú is a Nigerian politician who was elected to represent the All Nigeria Peoples Party as Senator in the Zamfara North district of Zamfara State in 2007.[1]


Sahabi Alhaji Yaú has a Masters In Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma In Management.[1]

Political career

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú was elected to the senate on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) slate for the Zamfara North Senatorial District in 2007. He was appointed to committees on Downstream Petroleum, Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Public Accounts and States & Local Government.[1]

After the state governor Alhaji Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi transferred his allegiance from the ANPP to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sahabi Ya'u made it clear that he retained loyalty to Shinkafi, although he still remains technically a member of the ANPP.[2] In February 2008 Ya’u gave his support for President Umaru Yar'Adua (PDP) against charges that he was indecisive, saying that it was necessary to study situations in Nigeria thoroughly before taking decisions.[3]

In March 2009 Yaú said that the National Assembly's Joint Committee on Constitution Review, of which he is a member, was considering giving the third tier of government in Nigeria budgets independent of the state governments. The goal would be to ensure that funding for local projects was used for the intended purpose.[4]

In the 9 April 2011 elections, Yaú ran for reelection as Zamfara North Senator, this time on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He won with 118,056 votes.[5]

Personal life

Sahabi Ya'u was party to high profile court case after one of his wives maintained she had not consented to their marriage.[6] The case attracted international attention because it involved the intersection of Islamic and secular courts in the Nigerian legal system.[6]


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