Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
A Senator from Yobe North has been announced the new majority leader.
Senator Ahmad Lawan replaces his colleague from Borno South, Mohammed Ali Ndume.
A letter stating Senator Ali-Ndume’s sack was read by the Senate President, senator Bukola Saraki at plenary today, 10, January, 2017.
Senator Saraki was presented with the letter – Notice of Vote of No Confidence / Change of Leadership request to remove Ali Ndume, which was signed by 39 out of the 63 lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The former leader who represents Borno South is said to be one of those pushing for the nomination of Ibrahim Mustafa Magu as the substantive head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, despite a damming intelligence report that confirmed several allegation of corruption published on this Newpaper about Mr Magu.
On Thursday, 15, 2016, the Senate had rejected Mr Magu’s nomination based on an indicting report by the Department of State Security, DSS.
The DSS report confirmed many of the allegation made by EFCC staffers against their boss.
Many of this allegation which includes corruption, bullying and fraternising with the arrested DSS suspect, Umar Mohammed were detailed in this blog in an investigation spanning over seven months.
The Senate Spokesperson, Sabi Abudllahi, relayed the Senates’ position to the public, however, Senator Ali Ndume, one of those still secretly pushing for Mr Magu, despite evidence of corruption levelled against him, failed to heed the decision made by his peers.
DENISAURUS NEWS has compiled a full list of the lawmakers who said they lost confidence in Ali Ndume.
- Senator Mustapha Bukar, Katsina North
- Senator Ibrahim Abdulahi, Sokoto South
- Senator Kabiru Gaya, Kano South
- Senator Ibrahim Gobir, Sokoto North
- Senator Isa Misau, Bauchi Central
- Senator Sabo Mohammed, Jigawa Southwest
- Senator Binta Masi Garba, Adamawa North
- Senator Monsurat Sumonu, Oyo Central
- Senator Abdullahi Gumel, Jigawa Northwesr
- Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Ogun Central
- Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Lagos East
- Senator Dino Melaye, Kogi West
- Senator Babajide Omoworare, Osun East
- Senator Magnus Abe, Rivers Southeast
- Senator Suleiman Nazif, Bauchi North
- Senator Jibrin Barau, Kano North
- Senator Danjuma Goje, Gombe Central
- Senator Ahmad Lawan, Yobe North
- Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Ondo Central
- Senator Ubali Shitu, Jigawa Northeast
- Senator Joshua Dariye, Plateau Central
- Senator Usman Nafada, Gombe North
- Senator Kabiru Marafa, Zamfara Central
- Senator Benjamin Nwajumogu, Imo North
- Senator David Umaru, Niger South
- Senator Shehu Sani, Kaduna Central
- Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano Central
- Senator Francis Alimikhea, Edo Central
- Senator Suileman Hunkuyi, Kaduna North
- Senator Ali Wakili, Bauchi South
- Senator Tijani Kaura, Zamfara North
- Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Taraba Central
- Senator Shaba Lafiagi, Kwara South
- Senator Umar Kurfi, Katsina Central
- Senator Baba Garbai, Borno Central
- Senator Rafiu Adebayo, Kwara South
- Senator Tijani Kaura, Zamfara North
- Senator yahaya Abdullahi, Kebbi North
- Senator Aliyu Abubakar, Niger North
DENISAURUS NEWS has produced five things you ought to know about Senator Lawan.
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LAWAN
- Lawan was born in 1959 (57 years). He was first elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1999. He became a Senator in 2007.
- Before venturing into politics, he was a lecturer.
- Lawan who represents Yobe North graduated from UNIMAID-MAIDUGURI in 1984. He holds a PhD.
- In 2015, he contested to be Senate president but lost out to Senator Bukola Saraki of Kwara Central.
- His Constituency address is listed as – NO 12 GASHUA ROAD. Members from Yobe North can reach him on – 07055090323.