Senator Saidu Kumo dies at 61


Frontline Gombe politician and former Senator Saidu Umar Kumo is dead.

Senator Kumo was the first senator to represent Gombe Central from 1999 – 2003 on the platform of the defunct All Peoples Party.

Prior to his foray into politics, Senator Kumo served as the first secretary to the Committee for the creation of Gombe State, with the late CP Usman Faruk, former police commissioner and first administrator of Sokoto State, as Chairman. The late CP Faruk also died few days ago.

Senator Kumo served as the national secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) during the 2007 elections. He later accepted to serve as advisor to late President Yaradua, a move that caused disaffection within his party who was challenging the legitimacy of Yaradua’s election in court. Kumo will later join PDP, and was to stand trial for collecting 450 million naira from the then NSA Dasuki as part of Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 reelection attempts.

In 2019, Senator Kumo served as the North-East director-general of the Atiku Campaign. He decamped to the APC after the election.

A political maverick, Kumo was the titleholder of Garkuwan Gombe. Coming from a family of Islamic scholars and political influencers, Kumo is the older brother to former FCT minister Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar.

The deceased will be buried in Gombe according to Islamic rites.

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