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How Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi Was Disgraced in his Constituency

How Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi Was Disgraced in his Constituency


Bamigbala Adekola

An incident that can only be described as disgraceful, is what befell Senator Aliyu Abudullah Sabi on Friday, 3rd of November 2017, as the senator was assaulted and stoned in Kontagora, the head quarters of Niger North senatorial District where he represents.

Senator Aliyu who was elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), based on the popularity he garnered through President Muhammadu Buhari and the support of the late Emir of Borgu, Sen. Dr, Haliru Dantoro. He was humiliated by party executives in Kontagora, where he was stoned, disgraced and insulted.

The Senator having called the executives for a meeting at the town hall in Kontagora, which would be the first time he was having such a meeting, since his election in 2015, could not give a satisfactory answer to why he wanted to meet, a year away from the 2019 general elections.

Those at the meeting asked him to give a list of projects he had done/ attracted to Kontagora since he was senator. He was also asked what financial support he had rendered to students of his constituency.

In response to these questions, the Senator in his defense,said that the Buhari led administration, had not given him any funding for constituency projects.

His answer provoked members of the executives at the meeting and they became hostile, asking him how other elected members of the National Assembly got funding to execute projects and empower the youths in their constituency. Hon. Idris Abdullahi Garba and others were sited as examples of competent representatives.

The Executives also accused Aliyu of collaborating with the Senate president Bukola Saraki and others to subvert the efforts of President Buhari’s good programs for Kontagora. In their threats, they told him that his god father Bukola Saraki would not save him come 2019.

They also interrogated his source of funds, used to buy the twin duplex, located at Kainji crescent in Maitama, Abuja, which cost over N650m. They also told him that they are aware of houses he built/bought in Ilorin, Kwara state.

In an emotional response to these accusations, the Senator got tearful and nervous, before the crowd. He may have had an inkling of the turn the meeting would take, because with him was a security team of Mobile Policemen and men of the Civil Defense Corp.

Their presence deterred the Executives from physically assaulting the Senator, while he was chased out of the town hall, his security team surrounded him and he was quickly taken away in a Peugeot 406 car, which was smashed by a hail of stones. The Civil defense truck did not fare any better either.

The cars in his convoy were also wrecked by a hail of stones, as they drove out of the premises. Some executives even followed him to Jamal Hotel, where he was a guest, although they were unable to get to him.

That was the humiliation Senator Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi suffered at the hands of his Kontagora constituents. As it stands, other local governments in his constituency say they are awaiting his visit, however it is doubtful that it would be a cordial reception.

It will be recalled that earlier this year, the Senator faced a similar attack in the town of Babanna, Borgu local government and Rofia in Agwara local government as well. Furthermore electorates from his constituency, dissatisfied with his representation, arrogance and know-it-all attitude, have begun his Recall Process, which is still ongoing.

These incidents are meant to serve as a deterrent and a lesson to other elected members.