His early life

On the 10th of October 1952, Mohammed Danjuma Goje was born at Pindiga, Akko, Gombe State. Goje, as his name suggests, is a devout Muslim. He practices Sunni Islam.

Goje graduated from Bauchi Teachers College with Grade 2 Certificate in 1977.He received his degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he studied Political Science in the year 1978. From 1979 until 1983, he served in the Bauchi State House of Assembly. In Yaba, Lagos State, Goje was appointed Secretary of the National Institute for Medical Research in 1984 and served in that capacity until 1989.

Danjuma Goje is an effective public official. From 1984 until 1989, he held the position of Secretary at The National Institute of For Medical Research in Yaba, Lagos. He established his own business, Zaina Nigeria Limited and honored his mother(Hajiya Zainab) with the company name in the year 1989 to 1999. For ten years, he served as the company’s chairman and MD.

Goje has two wives, Hajiya Fatima Yelwa and Hajiya Aisha Munira, with whom he had nine children together. Hajiya Fatima Yelwa, his wife and the previous head of state of Gombe State, passed away in October 2017 while being treated at an American hospital. Her body was consequently flown back to Gombe, where she was from. She was interred using Islamic customs. In total, she had six children and 10 grandchildren.

Political Career

After earning a degree in political science, he entered politics for the first time. As a result, he ran for and was elected to the Bauchi State House of Assembly. He held office here from 1979 to 1983 for a single term. His political career was definitely put on hold by the military invasion. Nevertheless, he resumed his goals in 1999. He made an unsuccessful run for a senate position. He was later appointed minister of state for power and steel, though.

On the 25th of April 1998, during General Sani Abacha’s failed democratic transition, Goje ran for and ultimately won the position of Senator representing the Gombe Senatorial District on the United Nigeria Congress Party platform.

 From 1999 to 2001, he served as President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Minister of State for Power and Steel. Goje created history in 2003 when he was elected as Gombe State’s second democratic governor under the party PDP. Actually, he won reelection in 2007. Consequently, he ended his eight-year employment in 2011.  

He ran for a Senate seat right after his term was up. Still running on the PDP platform, he won the election right immediately. He sits in the Nigerian Senate on behalf of Gombe Central District. But in January 2014, he joined the APC along with ten other senators who had defected. Currently, he belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on June 6, 2019, Senator Goje resigned from the Senate Presidency election in favor of Senator Lawan.


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