Born on December 1, 1948 in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa had his secondary education at St. Mary’s Secondary School, Fadan Kaje, and St. John College, Kaduna. He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated in June, 1972.
Yakowa, 64, was first appointed deputy governor of Kaduna State in July, 2005, and was re-elected as deputy governor in the April, 2007 general elections with his principal, Namadi Sambo.
While the then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President, following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, the then Governor of Kaduna State, Namadi Sambo, was appointed as Vice-President. Consequently, Yakowa replaced Sambo as governor on May 20, 2010.
In 2011, Yakowa was elected as governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party making him the first democratically elected governor of Kaduna state.