By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Reports reaching our correspondent have it that Senator Ahmed Aruwa is dead.
Sources which we cannot independently verify claim he died on Sunday morning, December 9, 2018.
One of the sources, quoted former Kaduna State Secretary to State Government (SSG) Samaila Yakawada as a source of the information, our correspondent is yet to verify that claim as at time of filing this report.
Senator Ahmed Mukhtar Aruwa, represented Kaduna Central at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, 1999 – 2003.
Muktar Ahmed Mohammed Aruwa was elected Senator for the Kaduna Central constituency of Kaduna State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the All People’s Party (APP) platform.
He took office on 29 May 1999. He was reelected on the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) platform for a further four-year term in 2003.
After taking his seat in the Senate Aruwa was appointed to committees on Senate Services, Aviation, Works & Housing, Police Affairs, Agriculture (vice-chairman) and Finance & Appropriation.
In April 2000 he said he would not submit to Sharia law, saying “Even in true Islamic countries, there is no total application of Sharia. There is reformation going on now”, and saying Sharia violated some human rights.
In August 2002 he moved to halt the privatization of public enterprises pending amendment of the law governing the National Council on Privatization to bring it into line with the 1999 constitution.
Aruwa was a contender to be the ANPP candidate for governor of Kaduna State in 2007, winning the primaries, but the party replaced his name by that of Sani Sha’aban on the list submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Aruwa disputed the legality of the substitution.
In May 2007, following the election but before the new government had assumed its duties, Aruwa moved for a review of the conduct and outcome of the elections, but later withdrew the motion before it was debated by the Senate.
However, the senate did agree with his recommendation to set up a joint committee to review how INEC had managed funds allocated to conduct of the elections.
Speaking to the press in April 2010, Aruwa said that membership of the ANPP by former military ruler Major-General Muhammadu Buhari had done the party great harm.