Mohammed Alkali

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Mohammed D. Alkali
Senator for Jigawa North West
In office
May 1999 – May 2003
Succeeded by Dalha Ahmed Danzomo
Personal details
Born (1950-01-17) 17 January 1950 (age 67)
Gumel LGA, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Senator Mohammed D. Alkali (born 17 January 1950) was elected Senator for the Jigawa North West constituency of Jigawa State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He served from 29 May 1999[1] until May 2003

Birth and early career[edit]

Alkali was born on 17 January 1950 at Gumel town, in Gumel local government area of Jigawa state. He was an Agricultural Instructor with the Northern Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture in Kano Province before going into private business. He worked at Messrs Umaru Na’Abba & Sons Limited, and later became Chairman and Managing Director of Amasons International Limited. He was also on the board of Jos Steel Rolling Company and the Gumel Emirate Foundation. Alkali was given the traditional title of Sarduana of Gumel.[2]

Senator 1999 - 2003[edit]

After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999, Alkali was appointed to committees on Aviation, Police Affairs, Transport (vice-chairman), Tourism & Culture and Local & Foreign Debts.[3] He was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee Chairman on Special Projects. In this role, in September 2001 he called out for Federal assistance to victims of a flood disaster in Ringim Local Government, Jigawa State.[4]

Later career[edit]

Alkali was PDP candidate for governorship of Jigawa State in the 2003 elections, sponsored by then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido. Lamido's decision to ignore the recommendations of a PDP screening committee gave rise to violent protests.[5] He was defeated by Ibrahim Saminu Turaki of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP).[6] Alkali claimed that the ANPP had rigged the election and said he would challenge the result until "justice is seen to be done".[7] In May 2005 he was appointed a Federal Commissioner and Deputy Chief Whip in the presidency's Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission chaired by Alhaji Hamman A. Tukur.[8][9] He held this post until 12 May 2010, when his five-year tenure expired.[10]

Alkali aspired to be PDP candidate for Jigawa State governor in 2007, but the party selected Sule Lamido in his place, and Lamido went on to be elected.[11] In April 2009, after he had announced plans to run for Jigawa Governor in the 2011 elections, the Gumel Emirate Council removed his title of "Sarduana Gumel".[6] This decision may have been due to pressure from Lamido. Alkali had not stated which party platform he would run on, but a spokesman for the Jigawa State chapter of the PDP said they would not endorse Alkali.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 20 FEBRUARY AND 7 MARCH 1999". Psephos. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  2. ^ Yushau A. Shuaib. "2005 PROFILES OF MEMBERS OF REVENUE MOBILISATION ALLOCATION AND FISCAL COMMISSION". Yushau A. Shuaib. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Congressional Committees". Nigeria Congress. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  4. ^ Bature Umar And Iyefu Adoba (4 September 2001). "Jigawa Floods: Lawmaker Pleads for Government's Aid". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  5. ^ Nathaniel Ikyur (24 December 2002). "Sule Lamido Escapes Lynching". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  6. ^ a b Muh'd Zangina Kura (16 April 2009). "2011 Guber Aspirant Loses Traditional Title". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  7. ^ Habib Yakoob (9 May 2003). "The court shall prove us right - Alkali, defeated Jigawa PDP". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  8. ^ DAHIRU SULEIMAN (9 October 2009). "Lamido has performed below expectation, says Alkali". NIGERIAN COMPASS. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Tukur Reappointed As RMAFC Chairman". Nigeria First. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  10. ^ "RMAFC: Tukur, 24 Others to Go May 12 After Tenure". Economic Confidential. May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  11. ^ a b Usha'u A. Ibrahim (1 May 2009). "2011 - Lamido, Alkali and Jigawa Governorship Seat". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-06-22.