How Senator Ali Ndume missed the telltale indicators of his imminent elimination is a thriller to many. Given his place of affect because the Senate chief, he ought to have deciphered hazard when the speed of telephone calls from senators dropped sharply.
He had apparently turn out to be so indifferent from his flock that when Senator Dino Melaye held a gathering final Monday that not one of many attendees handed over the message to him.
When final December Senate spokesman, Senator Abdullahi Sabi shortly disowned Senator Ndume’s stance that the Senate didn’t reject Ibrahim Magu’s appointment as chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, he ought to have seen the handwriting on the wall.
Certainly, when Ndume opened the enterprise of the day final Tuesday it was obvious that he was main no person on condition that as he stood in entrance, some senators had been going round gathering signatures for his elimination. He had maybe taken issues a lot without any consideration that because the conspiracy thickened, that he stepped out for prayers handing over to his deputy, Senator Bala Ibn Nallah.
As he left to hope, the coup that had been lengthy in contemplation was shortly executed and in his place Senator Ahmad Lawan, was introduced in to switch him as Senate Chief.
Senator Lawan involves the management with the benefit of being the longest serving legislator within the management. His legislative expertise is just equalled by that of Senator David Mark within the chamber.
How Ndume misplaced it might be a marvel to many, given his strong grassroots political expertise. He’s maybe one politician from his native Borno State to have within the final 12 years efficiently fought off the Ali Modu Sheriff political hegemony within the state.
As a stalwart of the All Nigeria Peoples Occasion, ANPP, and member of the Home, he stood towards the third time period venture allegedly fanned by Sheriff. He surprisingly obtained his return ticket to the Home within the 2007 election regardless of his disloyalty. As Sheriff ready to step down in 2011, he didn’t overlook to punish Ndume for the 2007 act of disloyalty. The penalty was to take the ANPP Borno South Senate ticket from him.
Sheriff reportedly responded to Ndume’s grunts with a declare that, “even when he sponsored the shoe on his left foot that” it could defeat Ndume.
Ndume was enthusiastically embraced by the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP which provided him its ticket. He received the election.
In 2015 he returned to acquainted grounds within the APC and received his election with a bounce once more defeating Sheriff’s PDP lackey after the previous governor crossed over to the PDP.
Maybe he allowed his political sagacity in Borno South to slide into his dealings together with his colleagues within the Senate a lot of whom are additionally political giants of their constituencies.
Even worse was his failure to learn the temper of the Senate and its president, Senator Bukola Saraki who carried the cross for Ndume.
After Senator Saraki emerged as Senate President, President Buhari was fast to embrace him regardless of the physique language that he really most well-liked Lawan. Nevertheless, when Buhari joined the APC management to demand that Lawan be made Senate chief, Saraki’s choice to stay with Ndume turned the sore level that many consider led to his judicial trials.
So when the Senate took its pound of flesh towards the EFCC’s Magu and BD Lawal, the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, SGF, the expectation was that Ndume would fall in line. However he didn’t. That in actuality was the top of Saraki-Ndume romance, and it was factor for Saraki that it occurred with the continuing peace strikes between him and the president and the get together.
An analogous plot performed itself out in 2004 when Senator Kassim Oyofo was equally eliminated as Senate Chief Whip by the South-South caucus. On August 19, 2004, Oyofo regardless of coming from the Niger Delta sided with the oil trade to kill a invoice to safeguard the Niger Delta surroundings incomes the ire of the South-South senators. That night time they met and picked up signatur
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