Aminu Tambuwal was born on 10 January 1966 in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal.
He attended Town Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he obtained Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1979; and Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade II Certificate in 1984.
In 1991, he studied Law and obtained his BL at Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. He completed his one year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, and obtained an LLB, Barrister at Law, degree in 1992.
Moreover, he has attended several courses abroad:
- Telecoms Regulatory Master Class–Bath UK, 2004;
- Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors –BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004;
- Regulating a Competitive Industry-UK, Brussels, 2005;
- Tulane University – International Legislative Drafting, 2005;
- Stanford Graduate School of Business – Influence and Negotiation, 2008 etc.
Tambuwal has been a very active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA):
From 1999 to 2000, Tambuwal worked as Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali, the then Senate Leader.
In 2003, he decided to run for a legislative seat as representative of the Kebbi/Tambuwal Federal Constituency. He was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
In 2007, he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa. However, when the PDP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.
Later, when the ANPP governorship candidate for Sokoto State in the 2007 election, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, dumped the party for the PDP, Tambuwal also followed suit.
Tambuwal has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.
In October 2014, Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC and few days later his security details were withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police.
This move has been critised by a lot of well meaning Nigerians as being barbaric and undemocractic.
Tambuwal is a married man with four children.