Darius Ishaku's Profile

Darius Dickson Ishaku, FNIA, MNITP (born 30 July 1954) is a Nigerian architect, urban planner, university lecturer and political figure. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party and is the current Governor of Taraba State.

Early life

Ishaku was born on 30 July 1954 to Mr Ishaku Istifanus and Mrs. Naomi at Lupwe, now in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State. He was the fifth of ten children.

The young Darius was enrolled into St Bartholomew's primary school, Wusasa, Zaria, in 1961, and graduated in 1967.

He then attended St. Paul's College Kufena, Zaria, for his secondary education, in 1972 and obtained the West African Examination Certificate (WASC). He proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) where he studied and obtained a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Architecture, he went further to obtain an additional Master's degree in Urban and regional planning.

Darius is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (MNITP).

Political career

Ishaku was previously the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned to contest in the 2015 Taraba State gubernatorial election. Darius won the 2015 election but was in a court battle with his opponent senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan who took him to court and after a series of cases Darius was the declared the winner of the governorship election in the state early this year, 2016. He won the initial gubernatorial election and was elected Governor of Taraba State after winning the subsequent re-run election.

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