Office Date: May 2023
Address: Government House, Sokoto
Birth Date: 12 November 1970
Birth State: Taraba State
Political Party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
State: Taraba State
Agbu Kefas is a Nigerian politician and retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant Colonel who currently serves as the Governor of Taraba State. He assumed office in 2023.
Agbu Kefas was born on November 12, 1970, in Wukari, Taraba State (formerly Gongola State), Nigeria, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kefas. His family has a notable history of achievements in the military and public service. He received his education from renowned institutions in Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Defense Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna in 1994. He furthered his studies at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, where he earned a Master's Degree in Legal Criminology & Security Psychology in 2005. He also obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Delta State University, Abraka in 2008. Additionally, he has acquired prestigious executive education certifications from institutions like Harvard Kennedy School in the United States.
After serving in the Nigerian Army for 21 years, Agbu Kefas retired from military service. Following his retirement, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) from 2013 to 2015. He also served as a member of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, Kefas ventured into politics and became the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State. In 2022, he successfully contested and won the PDP gubernatorial primary election in Taraba State. Subsequently, he ran for the position of Governor in the general election held in March 2023 as a member of the PDP. He emerged as the winner of the election, defeating his closest rival, Muhammad Yahaya of the Nigeria People's Party, by a margin of 100,337 votes.