Jibrin Reacts To Defeat, Says Election Marred by Violence and Thuggery

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The defeated former member of the House of Representatives who represented Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said that Saturday’s rerun poll was marred by violence and other irregularities.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Jibrin said,however, he will not challenge the outcome of the election at the tribunal but will work with the winner in the interest of the constituency.

“The Kiru/Bebeji re-run election was held on Saturday 25th January, 2020 as scheduled. My constituents came out en masse to exercise their civic responsibility.

“But they were denied their franchise to vote the candidate and party of their choice through the application of maximum force in all the wards of our constituency, except my home town of Kofa, Bebeji that proved impenetrable.

“We know we won the election fairly and squarely, but our mandate was stolen,” he alleged.

Jibrin also claimed that in many units, elections never took place, adding that the ballot boxes were diverted, but figures “miraculously” entered.

“The violence, thuggery and rigging that took place have been carefully documented, at least for posterity. I have strong reservations about the outcome of the elections.

“However, INEC has announced my opponent as the winner of the election”, he said.

“I am sure those of them saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a free and fair election, but aided and abated this grave injustice against our people will be eternally trailed by the guilt of their conscience and await the ultimate judgement of God.

“I have therefore accepted the outcome of the elections and wish to congratulate my opponent Aliyu Datti Ahmed who will continue from where I started about a decade ago and has now come to an end.

“I look forward to working closely with him and giving him whatever cooperation and assistance to settle down in his new role of representing our people.

“I do not intend to file petition against his declaration as winner. It is time to move on”, he said.

“I also thank my constituents who are still recovering from the trauma of what can best be described as a violent war against them, for giving me the opportunity to represent them on three occasions and the love and support they have showed me over the years.

“I will continue to support the progress and development of my party, the APC, in my personal capacity as I have always done before I became an elected Representative nine years ago,” he added.

Jibrin lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aliyu Datti Yako was polled 48,601 against his 13,587 votes.

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