Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa

Governor of Kaduna State

In office
20 May 2010 – 15 December 2012
Governors of Kaduna

Preceded by
Namadi Sambo

Succeeded by
Mukhtar Yero

Personal details

(1948-12-01)1 December 1948
Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a LGA, Kaduna State,  Nigeria

15 December 2012 (aged 64)
Forest of Okoroba, Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Resting place
His Residence, Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria


Political party
People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Mrs. Amina Yakowa


Alma mater
Ahmadu Bello University



Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa (1 December 1948 – 15 December 2012) was a Nigerian politician. He was appointed Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria in July 2005, and returned as Deputy Governor in the April 2007 elections. He was sworn in as Governor on 20 May 2010, replacing former governor Namadi Sambo who had been sworn in as Vice President the day before.[1][2] Yakowa successfully ran for election as Kaduna Governor in the 26 April 2011 polls.[3]


1 Background
2 Civil Service career
3 Political career
4 Death
5 References

Yakowa was born on 1 December 1948 in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State. He attended St. Mary’s Secondary School, Fadan Kaje and St. John College, Kaduna, and then was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He graduated with a B. Sc (Social Sciences) in June 1972.[4]
Civil Service career[edit]
Yakowa joined the Civil Service of North Central State, serving as Division Officer, Secretary in the Military Governor’s Office, and Local Government Sole Administrator. He rose to Permanent Secretary in the Kaduna State civil service, heading the Ministries of Health, Works and Transport. In 1990, Yakowa transferred to the Federal Civil Service until the administration of General Sani Abacha appointed him Commissioner in Kaduna State from 1994 to 1997. Returning to the Federal Civil Service after this posting, he was Director Joint Services at the Ministry of Defense from February 1997 to August 1998, and then a Director at the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development until 14 June 1999, when he was appointed Permanent Secretary and retired.[4]
Political career[edit]
Yakowa worked for the Ahmed Makarfi campaign organization in 2003, helping Governor Makarfi get reelected. He was also chairman of the Rivers State Screening

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa