Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

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Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
Governor of Nasarawa State
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 May 2011
Preceded by Aliyu Doma
Personal details
Political party Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (b. c. 1952) is a Nigerian businessman who was elected Governor of Nasarawa State, Nigeria on 26 April 2011, running on the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ticket.[1]

Background[edit]

Al-makura was born around 1952 in Lafia, Nasarawa State.[2] He attended Dunama Primary School, Lafia (1959–1966), Keffi Teacher’s College (1967–1971) and then Government Teachers College of Education, Uyo (1972–75). For a short period in 1975 he was an Assistant Producer at the Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria. He then went to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1975–1978), graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree. For his National Youth Service he was a teacher at the Government College, Markudi.[3]

In 1978 he formed Almakura Nigeria Limited, importing and servicing agricultural and industrial machinery. Later he ventured into real estate and property development as owner and chairman of Ta'al Nigeria Limited, with properties in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Washington DC, United States. He owns the Ta'al Lake Resort, Abuja and the Ta'al Conference Hotel, Lafia.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1980, Almakura became the youth leader of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the old Plateau State. He was elected to the constitution Assembly of 1988–89, representing the Lafia–Obi Federal Constituency of what is now Nasarawa State. He was state secretary of the National Republican Convention (NRC) party in Plateau State from 1990 to 1992. Al-makura was a founding member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State in 1998.[2]

Al-Makura defected from the PDP after losing the primary elections for the Nasarawa Governor competition.[4] Al-Makura was elected Governor of Nasarawa State, Nigeria on 26 April 2011, running on the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ticket.[1] He defeated the incumbent governor, Aliyu Akwe-Doma of the PDP.[5]

Impeachment struggle[edit]

On 14 July 2014 the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly gave a notice of impeachment to the Clerk of the House to serve on Tanko Al-Makura. The Clerk was told to serve the notice on Al-Makura either directly or through the media. The document contained allegations of gross misconduct and was signed by twenty of the twenty four Assembly members.[6] The impeachment was supported by the twenty Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members but opposed by the four All Progressive Congress (APC) members. On 17 July the House of Assembly decided that the impeachment notice would be served via the media, since the governor had been evading personal service.[7]

On 20 July 2014 it was reported that the Nasarawa traditional rulers had called on both sides to refrain from holding rallies for or against the impeachment so as to avoid violence.[8] On 23 July four members of the Assembly tried to seize the speaker's mace to delay a motion to ask the Chief Judge of the state to set up a seven-person panel to review the allegations of gross misconduct. The members of the House met twenty minutes later and passed the motion by twenty votes against four.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senator Iroegbu (28 April 2011). "CPC Gains as Al-Makura Floors Doma in Nasarawa". ThisDay. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Profile". Umaru Tanko Al-Makura. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Umar Tanko Al-Makura". Daily Times. February 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Guber Election 2011". Daily Trust. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  5. ^ Sulaimon Olanrewaju and Olayinka Olukoya (28 April 2011). "GOV ELECTION: The winners are Ajimobi, Fashola, Amaechi, Amosun, Abdulfatah, Akpabio, Aliyu, Dakingari, Orji, Chime, Kwankwaso...". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Nasarawa Gov. Al-Makura Gets Impeachment Notice". Vanguard. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  7. ^ Shola Oyeyipo (18 July 2014). "Gov Al-Makura Served Impeachment Notice". This Day. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  8. ^ Donatus Nadi (July 20, 2014). "Impeachment: Traditional Rulers Avert Another Clash In Nasarawa". Leadership. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  9. ^ Abel Daniel. "Nasarawa’s Impeachment: Drama as 4 Assembly members attempt to snatch Mace". Osun Defender. Retrieved 2014-07-24.