Born November 25, 1946

Jada, Jada LGA, Adamawa State;




Atiku Abubakar is the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999-2007, under President Olusegun Obasanjo representing the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Atiku Abubakar worked in the Nigerian Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director (as the second highest position in the Service was then known). He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics. He ran for the office of Governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries. In 1998, he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect, he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Atiku Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria's second democratically elected Vice President on May 29, 1999. He presided over the National Council on Privatization, overseeing the sale of hundreds of loss-making and poorly managed public enterprises. On November 25, 2006, Atiku Abubakar announced that he would run for President. On December 20, 2006, he was chosen as the Presidential Candidate of the Action Congress (AC). However, Atiku Abubakar came third place, behind PDP Candidate, Umaru Yar'Adua and ANPP Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). Following the 2007 elections, Atiku Abubakar returned to the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In October 2010, Atiku Abubakar announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On November 22, 2010, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State. In January 2011, Atiku Abubakar contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Goodluck Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, He lost the primary to President Goodluck Jonathan. On February 2, 2014, Atiku Abubakar left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the join All Progressives Congress (APC) with the intent of contesting for the Nigerian presidency in 2015 on the party's platform. He however, lost to the APC primaries to President Muhammadu Buhari. Atiku Abubakar announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, November 24, 2017 and on December 3, 2017, Atiku Abubakar via a Facebook Live broadcast, announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He officially declared his intention to run for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) on March 27, 2018. Atiku Abubakar became the presidential Flagbearer for the People's Democratic Party for the 2019 general election on October 7, 2018, by polling 1,532 defeating the 11 other contestants.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Amina Titilayo Albert (1971) , Saadatu Ladi Yakubu (1979) , Princess Rukaiyatu (1983) , Fatima Shettima (1986) (Divorced) , Barr (Dr) Jennifer Jamilah Atiku-Abubakar
State of Origin: Adamawa State
Father's Name Garba Abubakar (d. 1957)
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Aisha Kande (d. 1984)
Mother's Status Deceased
Number of Male Children 10
Number of Female Children 16

Fatima, Adamu, Halima, Aminu, Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam, Rukayatu, Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila, Abdulsalam, Amina (Meena), Mohammed, Ahmed, Shehu, Zainab, Aisha, Hafsat, Abdulmalik, Zara and Faisal

Profession Administrator , Astute Businessman , Philantropist , Politician , Elder Statesman
Working Experience Appointed Tax Officer, Northern Nigeria Ministry of Finance, 1966, later joined the Nigerian Customs and Excise Department, held various positions, retired from the Federal Civil Service as Deputy Director of Customs, 1989; Director, Gese Derdirabe Farms Limited, since1982; Co-founder, Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES) now INTELS (an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad), since 1989; Founder, American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State, since 1992; Founder, Prodeco, since 1996; elected Governor, Adamawa State, relinquished same position, 1999; became Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999-2007; Founder, Adama Beverages Limited, Yola, Adamawa State; Director, Niwacos Nigeria Limited; Director, Interfluid Nigeria Limited; Director, Hints Ville Savings & Loans Limited; Director, Mid-Atlantic Capital Limited; Member, World Citizens of Paris, France; Member, and Sponsor, World Constitution & Parliament Association.
SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Jada Senior Boarding Primary School, Jada, Adamawa State, 1958-60; Adamawa Provincial Secondary School (now General Murtala Mohammed College), Yola, Adamawa State, 1961-65; Nigerian Police College, Kaduna State; School of Hygiene, Kano, Kano State, 1966-1967; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, 1967-69; The Advanced Customs and Excise Course for Senior Officers, Finland; Cairo Police Academy, Egypt, 1986.


– People’s Front of Nigeria (PFN), 1989 (National Vice-Chairman);
– People’s Democratic Movement (PDM);
– Defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), 1991-1993;
– Defunct United Nigeria Congress Party;
– People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 1998–2006 (Vice-President);
– Action Congress (AC), 2006–2009;
– People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 2009–2013,
– All Progressives Congress (APC), 2013–2017;
– People’s Democracy Party (PDP), 2017 till date (Presidential Candidate)


– Turbanned Turaki Adamawa, 1982;
– Nwanne Dinamba of Umuohiagu, Imo State, 1989;
– Sardauna of Ganiye Town, Adamawa State;
– Baagbile Oke-Ona of Egba;
– Aare Adimula of Ife;
– Atunluse of Ijesa Land;
-Waziri Adamawa.


– Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON);
– Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA);
– Honourary Fellowship Award, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, June 2002.


– “Atiku: The Story of Atiku Abubakar”, by Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo.
– “My Life”.


Reading, Travelling, Current affairs.

During his schooldays, Atiku Abubakar served as President Emeritus of the student union of the School of Hygiene, Kano. He was also Assistant Secretary during the 1966-1967 session.




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