The 2019 Silverbird Man of the year is the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as announced by the organisers a few days ago.

Tamwbuwal who beat other nominees, including Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, UBA Chief Executive, Tony Elumelu and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki will receve the award at the ceremony slated for Eko Hotel in February.

Born January 10, 1966 Tambuwal won the Sokoto State governorship election during the 2015 general polls and was re-elected in the 2019 general elections.

His performance in the areas of infrastructure renewal, education and health services improvements in Sokoto in his first term had endeared him to the electorate who voted him in again in a keenly contested 2019 polls.

According to Wikipedia, Aminu Tambuwal is a member of the People’s Democratic Party and served as the 10th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, also representing the Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency of Sokoto State as an honorable.

Early life and education
Aminu was born on January 10, 1966, in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal.

He attended Tambuwal Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979; and Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade 11 Certificate in 1984. He then proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he studied Law, graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. He completed his one-year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, obtained his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992.

Besides studying for his law degree, he has also attended several courses abroad, among which are the following: Telecoms Regulatory Master Class–Bath UK, 2004; Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors –BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004; Regulating a Competitive Industry-UK, Brussels, 2005; Tulane University – International Legislative Drafting, 2005; Stanford Graduate School of Business – Influence and Negotiation, 2008 and KSG Harvard – Infrastructure in Market Economy, 200

Political career
Tambuwal started learning the legislative ropes from 1999 to 2000, while working as Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali, the then Senate Leader.

In 2003, he decided to run for a legislative seat as representative of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency. He was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

Few months to the 2007 general elections, he defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa. But when the DPP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.

But then again, when the ANPP governorship candidate for Sokoto State in the 2007 election, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko dumped the party for the PDP, Tambuwal also followed suit.

Tambuwal has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.

At various times, Tambuwal has been a member of several committees including the House Committees on Rules & Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter-Parliamentary and Water Resources. He was also a member of the House Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review.

He was chairman of the ad hoc committee that reviewed the report of the controversial power probe committee headed by Ndudi Elumelu; chairman, House Sub-Committee on the Bill for an Act to Amend the Land Use Act, and acting chairman, House Committee on Power.

He was leader of the Nigerian delegation to African, Caribbean, Pacific & European Union Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU) and served as Vice-Chairman, Economic Committee ACP-EU, held in Prague, Czech Republic in April 2009.

On 28 October 2014, Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC and few days later his security details were withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police a move that has been criticised by a lot of well meaning Nigerians as being barbaric and undemocratic.

The legal luminary, Mr Olisa Agabakogba (SAN) was of the opinion that the police authority goofed in withdrawing Tambuwal’s aid as police are not meant to interpret and apply the law.

In April 11, 2015, Tambuwal contested and won the Governorship election of Sokoto State. He was inaugurated on 29 May 2015.

In July 4, 2018, Tabuawal dissolved the entire State Executive Council[4]

On August 1, 2018, Tambuwal defected from the All progressive’s Congress back to the People’s Democratic Party.[5]

In the March 9, 2019, Sokoto State Gubernatorial election and March 22, 2019, Sokoto State supplementary election, Tambuwal was reelected as governor of sokoto state having polled 512,002 votes while his rival Mr. Aliyu of the All Progressive Congress Polled 511,660 votes.[6]

Professional affiliations
Among his professional affiliations, Tambuwal has been a very active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), over the years.

Member, The Nigerian Bar Association
Public Relations Officer, The Nigerian Bar Association (1996-1997)
Member, Constitution Review Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)
Sokoto Branch Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)
Assistant National Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (1998-2000)
First Assistant National Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association (2000-2002)
Member, Body of Benchers Nigeria
Member, International Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association