Notable Alumni: Ghali Umar Na’Abba
Ghali Umar Na’Abba is a Nigerian businessman and politician, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who represented the Kano Municipal Federal constituency of Kano State from 1999 to 2003.
Ghali Umar Na’Abba was born in Tudun Wada, Kano, in 1958. He studied Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was later elected secretary of the ABU chapter of the People’s Redemption Party. He became a director of the Umaru Na’abba Commercial Trading Company.
Ghali Umar Na’Abba was elected as representative for the Kano Municipal Federal constituency in April 1999, on the PDP ticket. He was appointed Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee before he was elected speaker of the House of Representatives. His media advisor was Eziuche Ubani, Editor-at-Large of ThisDay, who went on to become a Representative himself in 2007.
In November 2001, Ghali Na’Abba visited Nasarawa State where he met with governor Abdullahi Adamu. He commiserated with the people over recent communal clashes and urged them to practice accommodation and co-existence.
In August 2002, the House gave president Olusegun Obasanjo an ultimatum to either resign or face impeachment action. As speaker, Ghali Na’Abba said the House would not withdraw the resolution. Na’Abba was the leader of the impeachment movement. It was reported that Obasanjo gave members of the House inducements to bring charges against Na’Abba. In September 2002, Na’Abba was called before Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to answer a petition filed by Sam Obande, a member of the House. The charges detailed in the 50-page petition included gross and unjust enrichment, illegal withdrawals of public funds, extra-budgetary spending and official corruption. Later, the Senate and the House of Representatives modified the anti-corruption Act, giving Na’abba immunity from prosecution.
Ghali Umar Na’Abba sought reelection in April 2003. A few days before the election the Kano state chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Yusuf Kutamato, said he had been expelled from the PDP party due to “anti-party activities”. Na’Abba was defeated by the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANP). He denied that he had been suspended from the PDP, and said his defeat was due to a conspiracy between the police, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state government.
In December 2004, he was honoured with a chieftaincy title in Imo State.