The member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano state in the House of Representatives, Abdulmumuni Jibrin has reacted to Friday’s judgement of the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna that nullified his election.
In a statement issued on Friday, Jibrin who disagreed with the judgement of the court that ordered fresh poll into the constituency called on his supporters to remain calm. He said he is optimistic that his constituents will re-elect him in the rerun election.
APPEAL COURT RULING FOR A FRESH ELECTION IN KIRU/BEBEJI FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY
“As you may be aware, the decision of the people of Bebeji/Kiru to renew their trust in me to represent them at the House of Representatives was challenged vide an election petition.
“In the petition, the court was specifically asked to nullify the results of the 23rd February, 2019, election in 13 polling units. Of the 13 Polling Units challenged, only one witness, who was not listed on the petitioners’ list of witnesses, and who deposed to being both a member of the All progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party member at the same time, gave evidence in respect of all the said 13 polling units. The witness neither personally saw nor did he directly encounter events in the polling units he purported to give evidence about. We pointed this out in our representations to the Judges and the Tribunal agreed with us that the petition was without merit.
“The petitioners appealed to the Court of Appeal, and by a decision delivered earlier today, the petitioners’ appeal was allowed. Strangely, even though the petitioners’ sole relief as it related to a rerun election before the Tribunal and Court of Appeal was for a nullification of the afore-said 13 polling units, the Court of Appeal, on its own volition nullified the entire election of 23rd February, 2019.
“As a good Muslim, one who has unflinching belief in the will of Allah, I know full well that all events are within the scope of The Almighty, and this is no exception. I profoundly disagree with the decision of the Court of Appeal, but as a thorough bred democrat, I have received the court’s decision in good faith, and forced to accept it even though it runs contrary to other precedents of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Bearing in mind the fact that ours is a nascent democracy, I implore all my supporters and well wishing Nigerians to continue to pray that decisions of our Courts actually dispense Justice based on facts, law and correct precedents and without improper influences.
“As we go back for the rerun, I urge my supporters and well-wishers to remain calm. No election is a do or die affair. I remain unshaken in my belief that the people of Kiru/Bebeji who have consistently and repeatedly been freely giving me their mandate will not hesitate in doing so again.
“Thank you and God bless.”
The Court of Appeal in its judgment delivered by Justice Adejoje Adepoju nullified the election in two local government areas of the constituency after it observed that the final result contained in Form EC (8)E as submitted for the constituency was mutilated. Kano State election petition tribunal had earlier dismissed a petition by Jibrin’s challenger, Mr. Aliyu Datti of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that challenged Jibrin’s victory.