Senator Ali Ndume Removed As Senate Majority Leader

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The All Progressives Congress caucus of the Senate has removed Senator Ali Ndume as their leader. The Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter sent to him by his colleagues in the APC.

The caucus has opted to elect Ahmed Lawan as its new leader. Addressing journalists after the Senate’s plenary; Senator Ndume said the decision of the caucus to remove him as leader shocked him.

He said he was oblivious of what led to the decision or where the meeting was held to remove him.

Ndume’s predicament might be connected with the rejection by the Senate of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Ndume had claimed the Senate did not reject Magu, prompting a counter reaction by Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi.

It appears Senator Ndume, who hails from Borno State, like  Magu, is being punished for disagreeing with the Senate over the way the EFCC acting chairman’s nomination was handled by the Senate.

The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki is expected to officially announce Lawan as the new Senate Leader at the next sitting of lawmakers.



Senator Ali Ndume was born on the 20th November 1959 in Gwoza Town of Borno State. He attended Gadamayo Primary School in Gwoza and completed in 1972.

On completion of Secondary School he went on to Kaduna Polytechnic to study Marketing in 1978. He completed his Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in 1980 and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marketing in 1982 at Upper Credit level.

He joined the famous Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri as a lecturer in 1983 rising to the rank of a Senior Lecturer.

In 1988, Ndume was awarded the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Post-Graduate Scholarship to study Business and Computer Education at the University of Toledo Ohio, United States of America and graduated with a B.Ed and M.Ed in 1990 and was awarded Magna Cum Laude academic honour.

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He was also admitted into the Phi Kappa Phi academic society for outstanding performance. On graduation, Ndume returned to Nigeria and resumed his teaching career with the Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Borno State until 2003, when he entered politics.

Senator Ali Ndume has been charged over his alleged links to Boko Haram Islamist militants where he denied charges of intimidation and breach of trust after an alleged Boko Haram spokesman said Ndume had paid him to send threatening text messages.