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Isah Ashiru: Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Children, Net Worth, and Controversy



Who is Isah Ashiru? Biography, Wikipedia

Muhammad Isa Ashiru Kudan is a Nigerian politician from Kudan, Nigeria, and the 2023 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He is also a businessman and holds the traditional title of Sarkin Bai of Zazzau Emirate.


Isa Ashiru was born on October 23, 1962. He is currently 60 years old and will be 61 years old by October 23, 2023.


He was born in Kudan LGA of Kaduna State.



He lost his father at a very young age.

Wife and Children

He is married to one wife and blessed with seven children.


Isah Ashiru attended LEA primary school, Kudan, from 1968-1974. Between 1975 and 1980, Ashiru attended Secondary School at Kufena College Wusasa, Zaria.

He earned his National Diploma in Business Administration from 1982-1985 at the Katsina Polytechnic.

From 1987-1989, he attended Kaduna State Polytechnic and completed his HND. In 1990, he served the National Youth Service Corps (BO/KD/89/42117) in Borno State.

In 1999, he acquired a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. He earned a master’s in Public policy and Administration from 2000-2001 at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

Educational history:

  • 1968-1974 LEA primary school, Kadan
  • 1975-1980 Kufena college Wusasa, Zaria.
  • 1982-1985 katsina polytechnic
  • 1987-1989 Kaduna state polytechnic 1990-1991
  • Kaduna state polytechnic 2000-2001 Bayero University Kano (BUK)

Educational Qualification

  • 1975 – first school leaving certificate
  • 1980 – West African school certificate
  • 1985 – ND in business administration
  • 1989 – HND in business administration
  • 1990 – NYSC, served in borno state with service no (BO/KD/89/42117)
  • 1999- PGD in marketing management
  • 2001- Master’s in public policy and admin

Career before politics

After his SSCE, Ashiru worked with Kaduna State Ministry of Finance from 1980 to 1982.

He later moved to Kaduna State Board of Internal Revenue from 1985 to 1992, before working with Kaduna State Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism from 1992 to 1997.

Working experience

  • 1980-1982 Kaduna state ministry of finance.
  • 1985-1992 Kaduna state board of internal revenue.
  • 1992-1997 Kaduna state ministry of commerce, industry, and tourism.

Political career

In 1996, following his resignation, he contested for chairmanship under the platform of zero party and lost. He re-contested in 1997 under the platform of SDP (Social Democratic party) and also lost. In 1998, he contested for the position of Member Kaduna State House of Assembly under the platform of DPN and lost.

In 1999, Ashiru was elected as Member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Kudan Constituency under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria).[16] In 2003, he was re-elected for a second term.

In 2007, he was elected Member representing Kudan/Makarfi Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria. In 2011, he was re-elected to serve for a second term. At the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Ashiru was the Chairman House Committee on Appropriations.

In 2014, Ashiru decamped to the All Progressives Congress and contested for the gubernatorial primaries, and lost to Nasir el-Rufai after a hard-fought election.

In 2018, Ashiru returned to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) where he contested and won the gubernatorial primaries.

Ashiru was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) in 2019 Kaduna State gubernatorial election. Sunday Marshall Katung was his running mate.

Nasir el-Rufai polled 1,045,427 votes (55.32%) to beat Ashiru who got 814,168 votes (43.08%), although the PDP candidate alleged that the election was characterized by controversies and irregularities.

The election petition tribunal declined Ashiru’s request for a vote recount, thereby upholding El-rufai’s victory at the polls.

Ashiru won the ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) for 2023 governorship election in Kaduna State, with former commissioner of finance, John Markus Ayuba as running mate. He will challenge APC’s candidate, Senator Uba Sani.

Political History:

  • In 1996 he contested for chairmanship under the platform of Zero party and lost.
  • 1997- recontested under the platform of SDP (social Democratic party) and also lost.
  • 1998- contested for member Kaduna State House of Assembly under the platform of DPN and lost.
  • 1999-2003 he was elected member KSHA representing Kudan constituency of Kaduna state under the platform of PDP.
  • 2003-2007 he was reelected for second term. 2007-2011 he was elected member representing Makarfi/Kudan federal constituency under PDP.
  • 2011- 2015 he was reelected for second term.
  • In 2014 he decamped to APC and contested for the gubernatorial primaries and lost to el-Rufai.
  • In 2018 he returned home to PDP and won the gubernatorial primaries.
RT hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan is the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, University of Benin, Nigeria


Prof. Muhammad Sani Bello, an APC chieftain, had alleged that “Isah Ashiru does not possess the required or competency to become the governor of Kaduna State because he did not possess the requisite leaving school certificate.” But speaking with Premium Times, Ashiru denied submitting fake credentials to INEC.[13] He went on to sue Bello for defamation of character.

In a separate case, a member of the PDP, Abdullahi Isa, filed a suit at the High Court in Zaria, alleging that Ashiru was not qualified to contest.

However, the Court ruled in favour of Ashiru that he is qualified to contest the 2023 governorship election because he has the minimum educational qualification.


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