Emmanuel Bwacha is a Nigerian politician who has been representing Taraba South Senatorial District in the National Assembly since 2011, on the platform of People’s Democratic Party. He was the Deputy Senate Minority Leader of the 9th National Assembly, until his defection to All Progressives Congress in February 2022. Bwacha was a House of Representatives member for the Donga/Ussa/Takum Federal Constituency between 2003 and 2007.
He was born on 15th December 1962 in Mararraba, Donga Local Government Area, Taraba State. He is married to Mrs Deborah Bwacha and they have four children. Bwacha is of Christian faith; his hobbies include reading and spreading the gospel through DVDs, Tracks, spiritual books, empowering the less privileged, promoting education for the Poor, travelling, etc
|University of Jos, Plateau State||LL.B (Hons)|
|College for Preliminary Studies, Yola, Adamawa State||Interim Joint Matriculation Examination (IJMB)|
|Mbiya Government Secondary School, Taraba State||Secondary General Certificate of Education|
|LEA Primary School Mararraba, Donga, Taraba State||First School Leaving Certificate|
Mararraba, Donga LGA, Taraba State
15th December, 1962
All Progressives Congress
Deputy Senate Minority Leader (2019-2022)
House of Representatives member, Donga/Ussa/Takum Federal Constituency (2003-2007)
Senator, Taraba South (since 2011)
Bwacha began his political journey in 1992 when he contested for the Local Government Chairmanship of Donga LGA, on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
He was later elected the State Secretary of the then People Democratic Movement (PDM), Taraba State Chapter – a position he held between 1994 and 1997.
In 1999, Bwacha was elected into the Taraba State House of Assembly, where he represented the Donga State constituency and also served as the House Leader. During this time, in 1999, he was appointed the Commissioner of Agriculture for Taraba State. He worked in this capacity until 2003.
In 2003, Bwacha was elected into the Federal House of Representatives, to represent the Donga/Ussa/Takum Federal Constituency, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. Here, he served seat as the Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs. After his tenure in 2007, he contested in the Senate, but he lost.
Bwacha contested again in 2011, and he won, being elected the Senator representing Taraba South Senatorial District under the banner of PDP. During this tenure, he served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture. Bwacha was re-elected into this office in 2015 and 2019.
In the 9th Assembly (2019-2023), he serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Work. He was also elected the Deputy Senate Minority Leader. However, Bwacha defected from PDP to the All Progressives Congress in February 2022. Thus, losing his position as Deputy Senate Minority Leader. He will be retiring from his current position as the senator of the Taraba South senatorial district in the upcoming 2023 election.
Awards & Honours
2018 Honorary Doctorate in Divinity by Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Jos
2012 National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger
- Initiated skills acquisition programs for women and youth development in Taraba South
- Facilitated the employment of 50 people into various federal ministries, agencies and parastatals
- Drilled over 20 boreholes within Taraba South
- Established an ICT centre at the Wukari LGA Secretariat
- Annual disbursement of scholarships to 265 needy indigene students
- Electrification of Takum-Kumbo-Mararaba
- Constructed two solar street lights and installed transformers in Taraba South
In 2022, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) gave a report of Bwacha’s alleged abuse of office by converting the public property to personal use in executing some multi-million-naira worth of constituency projects. One of which was a contract for the construction and renovation of blocks of classrooms at the Federal University Staff School in Wukari, to his company. According to the ICPC, Bwacha awarded the contract to Eloheem Educational Management and Schools Ltd, a firm “owned and operated directly” by him.