Governor of Zamfara State
29 May 2011
Preceded by Mahmud Shinkafi
Political party All Progressives Congress (APC)
Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria in the April 0 national elections, running on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. Following the merger of the ANPP and several other opposition parties into the now-governing All Progressives Congress, Mr. Yari became a member of the All Progressives Congress.
Abubakar has been politically active since . He was elected to represent Talata Mafara/Anka Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. He was Zamfara State chairman of the ANPP, and a member of the cabinet of former Governor Ahmad Sani Yerima. During Sani's tenure, Yari was thought to have gained money from contracts. In November 00, Yari was among Zamfara state officials charged with money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.
When Zamfara State Governor Mahmud Shinkafi defected to the PDP in January 00, taking the ANPP’s state executive committee with him, the ANPP’s National Headquarters in Abuja was forced to create a Caretaker Committee headed by Yari. The committee's tenure was repeatedly extended.
Yari was elected Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria in the April 0 national elections, running on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. Yari is the son-in-law of incumbent Governor Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), whom he defeated in the election by , votes to Shinkafi's 0, votes.