Mohammed Ali Ndume

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Mohammed Ali Ndume
Representative for Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza
In office
May 2003 – May 2011
Senator for Borno South
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Omar Hambagda
Personal details
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Mohammed Ali Ndume is a Nigerian politician who was a member of the Federal House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the Senate for Borno South, Borno State, Nigeria in April 2011 running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.

Background[edit]

Mohammed Ali Ndume was born around 1961 in Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State. He attended Kaduna Polytechnic and then the University of Toledo, USA, where he gained a Masters Degree in Accounting and Computer. He became a Senior Lecturer in Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State until 2003, when he entered politics.[1]

ANPP politician[edit]

Ndume was elected to represent Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency in April 2003 and was reelected in April 2007, on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform.[1] He was appointed Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.[2]

In an August 2010 interview, Ndume said "the PDP in the last 11 years has vandalized Nigeria; they have only introduced kidnapping, assassination, militancy, armed robbery, power degeneration and widespread religious crisis".[3] In a September interview he praised the record of the ANPP in Borno State, building roads and hospitals. He said "The PDP government has been holding the Federal Government for 11 years now and they have done nothing, except cause chaos in Nigeria".[4]

PDP politician[edit]

In December 2010 Ndume decamped to the PDP, citing the injustices going on in the party as his reason for leaving the ANPP. He said the people from the grassroots of Southern Borno were solidly behind him.[5] He said that he was not being given a level playing ground in the competition with other ANPP aspirants for candidature in the Senate election. Apparently he had fallen out with Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.[6] Ndume's defection to the PDP was seen as a major blow to the ANPP. He was said to have been the major financer of ANPP in the Borno-South senatorial zone, and was considered one of the most dynamic of the lawmakers from the northeast zone.[7]

Following Ndume's defection, the PDP re-opened the sale of nomination forms. Alhaji Sanda Garba, who had been the only aspirant for the South Borno Senate seat, stepped down to make way for Ndume as the PDP candidate.[7] In the election, Ndume won 146,403 votes, ahead of Dr. Asaba Vilita Bashir of the ANPP with 133,734 votes and Alhaji Unaru Ibrahim of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 20,414 votes.[8]

Alleged links to terrorism[edit]

Ndume was appointed to a committee established by President Goodluck Jonathan to consider opening talks with Boko Haram. He said that a military approach would not be effective due to the impossibility of identifying the target. In his view the violence would continue until the group felt they had been heard and saw that the problems of poverty and unemployment were being addressed.[9] In November 2011, Senator Ndume was reported to be linked to Boko Haram. This alleged connection to Boko Haram was made following the Nigerian State Security Service's interrogation of a suspected Boko Haram member and spokesman, Mallam Ali Konduga.[10] On 21 November 2011 Leadership (Abuja) reported that Ndume had been arrested.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hon. Mohammed Ali Ndume's Biography!". Mohammed Ali Ndume. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "BORNO – HON. ALI NDUME MOHAMMED – PDP". Office of the Speaker. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "JONATHAN HAS LOST FOCUS - NDUME". NBF News. 23 Aug 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  4. ^ SHOLA BALOGUN (September 19, 2010). "People are just boasting, Borno will remain ANPP–Hon. Mohammed Ali Ndume, Minority Leader, House of Representatives". NBF News. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  5. ^ DAUDA MBAYA (31 December 2010). "Ndume Picks PDP Membership Card, Tackles ANPP". Leadership. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  6. ^ Inuwa Bwala (2 January 2011). "Ndume’s defection and the stakes in 2011". Sunday Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  7. ^ a b Mustapha Isah Kwaru (9 January 2011). "Ndume’s defection and the fate of ANPP in Southern Borno". Peoples Daily. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Collated Senate results". INEC. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria Moving to Confront Boko Haram Terrorism". Voice of America. 17 Nov 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  10. ^ "Ndume suspected links to Boko Haram". The Moment. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  11. ^ Bayo Oladeji, Uchenna Awom, and Chizoba Ogbeche (22 November 2011). "Alleged Boko Haram Sponsorship - Senator Ali Ndume Arrested". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2011-11-22.