Senator Saudi Umar Kumo, a major leader of the Gombe State All Progressive Congress, is dead.
He was seventy-one years old.
In a declaration by Garba Shehu, SSA Media, President Muhammadu Buhari made the death public.
“The death of Senator Saudi Umar Kumo was defined by Buhari as “a significant loss to the ruling APC.
“In Gombe State, he was our pillar of strength, whose defection in 2019 energized our supporters for change.”
Kumo died at Gwagwalada Hospital in Abuja on Sunday, where he was being treated.
He was previously in the PDP and in the 2019 presidential election he led the Atiku Abubakar campaign in the Northeast.
But in January, just before the election that Buhari won, he dumped Atiku and joined the APC. Gombe of the PDP also won Buhari’s APC.
Between 1999 and 2003, Kumo represented Gombe Central in the Senate, but failed in his 2011 governorship bid.
In Sunday’s condolence message in Abuja, the President said:
With deep shock and sorrow, I have received the news of Senator Kumo’s death due to his contributions to our party’s development cannot be ignored.
“Let me put it on record that without the significant contributions of the late Senator Saidu Umar Kumo who had brought his enormous political goodwill into our efforts to maintain power, the history of victory in 2019 can not be written”
The death of Madawakin Keffi, Abubakar Senior, a distinguished civil servant and the second in command of the Keffi Emirate Council, was also mourned by President Buhari.
The President prayed to Allah that the souls of Kumo and Senior should be forgiven, that their good deeds should be rewarded with aljanna, and that their families, colleagues, associates, governments and citizens of the Gombe and Nasarawa States should be given strength to bear the losses.