According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Prof. Yusuf Yusuf, Shettima of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 342, 898 votes in the election held on February 23 to defeat his closest opponent, Abba Aji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 75, 506.
The senator-elect was born on 2 September 1966 in Maiduguri, Borno state to the family of Sir Kashim Ibrahim. He attended Government Community Secondary School, Biu (1978–1980) and then attended Government Science Secondary School Potiskum, Yobe State (1980-1983). He studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Maiduguri, graduating in 1989. He then attended the University of Ibadan (1990-1991), gaining a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. From 1991 to 1993 he was a lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Maiduguri.
In 1993, Kashim moved into the banking sector and worked with Commercial Bank of Africa Limited. In 1997 he crossed over to the African International Bank Limited as the Deputy Manager and rose to become a Manager in 2001. In 2001, he moved to Zenith Bank as head of its main branch in Maiduguri. He rose to Senior Manager/Branch Head; Assistant General Manager (AGM)/Zonal Head (North-East), Deputy General Manager/Zonal Head (North-East) before he stepped out of the Zenith Bank as a General Manager in 2007 following his appointment as Commissioner for Finance in Borno State.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as Commissioner in 5 Ministries. He was Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (2008), Education (2009), Agriculture and Natural Resources and finally to the Ministry of Health from where he contested the governorship in 2011 which he won under the platform of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP and was inaugurated on May 29, 2011. He won reelection in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress, APC and was unambiguously chosen as Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, an umbrella body of Governors in the 19 States located in northern Nigeria.
Shettima is happily married to Nana Shettima. They have happily lived for about 20 years so far and are blessed with three children: two females and a male.
Reporting by Owokade Oluwatomilade