Mr. Aper Aku was born in 1938 in Ikyobo, Ushongo Local Government Area. After his early education, he attended Government College, Keffi (1952 – 1957) and Nigeria College of Arts and Science (1958 – 1961). He was at Fourah Bay University, Sierra Leone for his degree course (1961 – 1964) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1965 – 1966) where he did a Post Graduate Course in Education.
He started his working career as a teacher in 1964 at William Bristow Secondary School, Gboko and in February, 1965, he joined the then Northern Regional Government and between 1965 and 1976 taught at Bauchi Provincial Secondary School and Government Secondary School, Gombe.
In 1968 he transferred his service to the Federal Government and worked with External Aid for Education and the Federal Ministry of Establishment. From 1970 – 1972, he was Principal, Federal Training Centre, Kaduna. From 1972 until 1976 he served in the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan.
He became a businessman on resigning from the civil service in 1972. Between 1977 – 1978 he was Chairman, Kwande Local Government Council and at the Inception of party politics, he joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) under whose platform he was elected Governor in 1978 and re-elected in 1983.
Mr. Aper Aku died in 1988 leaving behind two wives and four children.