Barnabas Andyar Iyorhyer Gemade (b. 4 September 1948) is a Nigerian politician, formerly National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who was elected Senator for the Benue North East constituency of Benue State, Nigeria in the 9 April 2011 national elections.
Born on 4 September 1948 in Benue State, Dr. Barnabas Gemade is a chief from the Tiv ethnic minority. He holds the title of the Nom-I-Yange-I-Tiv. Gemade was the Chief Executive Officer of the Benue Cement Company (BCC) from 1985 to 1992, and was said to have been highly effective in this position. Gemade was a member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He has held the positions of Secretary (Minister) of Works and National Chairman of the Congress of National Consensus party, which was one of the parties sponsored by Abacha.
In the first National Convention of the PDP after the April 1999 General Elections, Gemade was elected National Chairman after a tough competition with the party founder Chief Sunday Awoniyi. He succeeded Solomon Lar, the first Chairman of the party, and was elected in part due to zoning rules which favored giving the post to a northerner. In 2001, he tried to be elected again as the chairman for a second term with Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo as secretary, the two lost out to chief Audu Ogbeh who became chairman and Vincent Ogbulafor who became secretary.
In the 2003 PDP primaries for Presidential candidate, Gemade lost to the incumbent Olusegun Obasanjo, who went on to be re-elected.
In the 9 April 2011 elections for Senator of Benue North East, Gemade ran on the PDP platform and won 229,682 votes.