Aisha Jummai

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Senator for Taraba North
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Anthony George Manzo
Personal details
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Taraba North constituency of Taraba State, Nigeria in the April 2011 Federal elections. She ran on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

Early life and career[edit]

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan is a Mumuye. A lawyer by training, Jummai became Taraba State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice. She was appointed the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on 17 December 2003. After she retired from service she went into business.[1]

Political career[edit]

In the January 2011 PDP primaries, Jummai defeated the incumbent Senator, former Ambassador Manzo Anthony.[1] It was said that she was a protégé of former Governor Jolly Nyame, who wanted her to defeat Manzo, thinking he could then defeat her. However, after winning the primaries Jummai ran an energetic election campaign, managing to gain Christian support despite herself being Muslim.[2] She was also generous with her money, feeding the delegates and travelling with a motorcade of plush jeeps.[3]

In the 9 April 2011 elections, Jummai won 114,131 votes, followed by Jolly Nyame of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with 92,004 votes.[4] She was one of four women elected on the PDP ticket, the others being Nkechi Nwaogu (Abia Central), Helen Esuene (Akwa Ibom South) and Nenadi Usman (Kaduna South).[5] Following the election, she was said to have been in competition for the Senate President seat.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Aisha Jummai's younger brother is former Senator Abdulazeez Ibrahim.[2] She actively supports the Taraba State Football Association.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jimmy Enyeh (22 January 2011). "How Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan Won PDP Taraba North Senatorial Primary". National Waves. 
  2. ^ a b EMMANUEL UMARU (18 April 2011). "How Woman Floored Ex-Governor Jolly Nyame In Senate Race". Leadershiop. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  3. ^ Bright Owusu (27 March 2011). "Between popularity and incumbency: How Nyame takes on his ex-protégés in battle for Senate". Ghana mma. Retrieved 2011-05-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Collated Senate results". INEC. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ Olusola Balogun (May 1, 2011). "…And the women lost too". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  6. ^ Henry Umoru (May 5, 2011). "Composition of cabinet: Mark joins Jonathan, PDP leaders in Obudu". Vanguard. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Aisha Jummai Alhassan: Redefining the cause of women". Peoples Daily. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.