Former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, recently announced his withdrawal from active politics, citing a growing aversion to political activities as the reason.

    Adamu revealed this on Saturday in Lafia during the presentation and launch of a book titled “Progressive Governance: Showcasing the Achievements of His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State 2019 – 2023,” authored by Abdullahi Tanimu.

    In discussing the book, consisting of 230 pages and 23 chapters, the ex-APC national chairman, who also served as the first civilian governor of the state, praised the author for diligently detailing the governor’s accomplishments since assuming office.

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    Acknowledging that the current governor has built upon and enhanced the achievements of his predecessors, Adamu encouraged the state’s residents to continue supporting and praying for the governor and his cabinet to ensure the delivery of democratic dividends to the people.

    He expressed, “I am not only retired, but I am also stepping away from politics. I am starting to develop a slight aversion to political activities and speeches. Therefore, please forgive me as I will refrain from making any political statements, except to request further and increased support for the state governor.

    “He requires your prayers and goodwill to succeed. In appreciation of the author’s commendable work, I will personally launch 20 copies of the book, contributing one million naira.”

    Additionally, Senator Aliyu Wadada, representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, commended the governor for attracting notable investors such as Dangote, Flour Mill, Asma Rice, and other companies to the state.

    “If all the companies attracted by the governor commence full operations, they would provide employment for thousands of people and significantly enhance the state’s revenue,” he emphasized.

    Governor Abdullahi Sule, in his address, commended the author for acknowledging his efforts in developing the state and creating a conducive environment for investors. Sule disclosed that the government had finalized plans to construct 15 kilometers of road in each of the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.

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    The governor also revealed that the government had fulfilled the counterpart funds for the year 2023 to the Universal Basic Education Commission, with plans to construct over 140 schools under this arrangement. He pledged to undertake more projects directly impacting the lives of the people, as well as provide training and retraining for the workforce to ensure optimal performance.

    Earlier, the book’s author, Abdullahi Tanimu, shared that his motivation for writing the book stemmed from the governor’s leadership style, which emphasizes inclusivity. As a physically challenged person, the author expressed admiration for the governor’s impactful work, prompting him to document the projects through pictures and engage with the communities where these initiatives were implemented.

    Abdullahi Adamu Biography

    Abdullahi Adamu was born on July 23, 1946, in Keffi, Nasarawa State. His educational journey includes attending the Government Secondary School, Makurdi (1960–1962), the Government Technical College, Bukuru (1962–1965), and Kaduna Polytechnic (1965–1968). He pursued a Higher National Diploma at Kaduna Polytechnic, completing it in June 1971.

    Adamu entered the workforce in 1967 at the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria. In 1971, he joined the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC) in Kaduna. Transitioning to AEK, a consultancy firm, in 1973, he served as the Project Manager for the construction of Durbar Hotel and Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna. In October 1975, he assumed the role of Executive Secretary at the Benue/Plateau Construction Company under the Benue/Plateau State government. From February 1980 to September 1983, he served as the Chairman of the Benue Cement Company in Gboko.

    In 1987, Adamu enrolled in the part-time degree program at the University of Jos, earning an LLB (Hons) in 1992. Subsequently, he attended the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, obtaining his BL and being called to the Bar as a solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in December 1993.

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    Adamu ventured into politics in 1977 and played a significant role in the country’s political landscape. He secured a seat in the Constituent Assembly, actively contributing to the drafting of the constitution for Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983). As a pioneer member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), he served as the first Secretary-General in Plateau State from December 1978. Additionally, he held the position of chairman of the NPN in Plateau from 1982 to 1983 until military rule was reinstated.

    In 1994, during General Sani Abacha’s administration, Adamu was appointed to the National Constitutional Conference. Subsequently, in March 1995, he assumed the role of Minister of State in the Works and Housing ministry, maintaining this position until November 1997. Following the lifting of the ban on political activities in 1997, he joined the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). Adamu further solidified his political journey by becoming a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998.

    During the 1999 Nasarawa State gubernatorial election, Abdullahi Adamu successfully ran for the position of governor on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He secured re-election during the 2003 Nasarawa State gubernatorial election.

    In December 2003, Adamu hosted Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom during her visit to Karu, where she enjoyed performances by cultural troupes. Adamu expressed his commitment to showcasing Nasarawa’s solid mineral resources and tourist attractions, including the Farin Ruwa Wamba Waterfalls and the scenic Eggon hills.

    Adamu supported the construction of the Farin Ruwa Falls Hydro-Electric plant, visiting South Korea in 2004 and subsequently awarding the engineering contract to the South Korean firm Yooshing Engineering. In September 2005, he inaugurated the School Feeding Programme in Nasarawa State, aiming to provide a fortified nutritional supplement to primary school children.

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