- The APC has lost one of its pillars in the north, Senator Saidu Umar Kumo
- Kumo died in the morning of Sunday, December 27
- President Buhari has described the development as a massive loss to the ruling party
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The death of Senator Saidu Umar Kumo on Sunday, December 27, has caused immense sadness to President Muhamadu Buhari for a number of reasons.
In a condolence message from President Buhari released by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, late Kumo was described as the pillar of strength in Gombe who led a lot of All Progressives Congress (APC) to drive the change agenda, The Nation reports.
The president recalled that after his defection in 2019, the deceased federal lawmaker brought along with him a powerful political capital.
“He was our pillar of strength in Gombe State, whose defection in 2019 had energized our supporters for change.
“Let me put it on record that the history of victory in 2019 cannot be written without reckoning with the significant contributions of the late Senator Saidu Umar Kumo who had brought his enormous political goodwill into our efforts to retain power."
Earlier, Kumo died following an undisclosed illness. Kumo's death was confirmed by his son, Abubakar who noted that the tragic incident took place on Sunday, December 27, after a brief illness.
The former senator died at a Gwagwalada hospital in Abuja where he was receiving treatment at the age of 71.
In another report, the former lawmaker has since being buried in Abuja in accordance with Islamic rites.
Kumo who served briefly as a special adviser to President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2008 was in the upper legislative chamber between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the All Peoples Party (APP) now All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
In a similar post, it was reported that a former military governor of Akwa Ibom state, Idongesit Nkanga has reportedly died of an undisclosed ailment.
Nkanga who was the chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) reportedly died on Thursday, December 24, in a hospital. A political associate and a family member of the late governor confirmed the incident.
The late Nkanga was Akwa Ibom governor during Ibrahim Babangida’s military regime. He retired as an air commodore in the Nigerian Airforce.
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