The All Progressives Congress candidate for the 2019 Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency election has been sacked by the Appeal Court following the court’s pronouncement of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, as the winner of the February 23 election.
The Appeal Court, after reviewing the evidence by both parties on Friday, November 1, nullified the election and ordered for a fresh one. The court added that it had rejected the judgment, as it was negating the principles of justice and precedents set by the courts.
Meanwhile, the APC lawmaker stressed that only 12 wards were affected, not the entire constituency, as claimed by the court who for that reason ordered for a fresh election across the entire constituency.
Jibrin faulted the court’s decision on this case, adding that only one witness testified for the petitioners during the hearing of the petition about the 13 wards.
“I profoundly disagree with the decision of the Court of Appeal, but as a thoroughbred 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,” Jibrin stated.
The lawmaker further stated that he was well prepared for the rerun, as he was certain the good people of Bebeji/Kiru would vote massively for him. He noted that as a Muslim, he would accept the court’s verdict with the knowledge that Almighty Allah would help him through. Jibrin then warned his supporters and well-wishers to shun violence, as no election was a do or die affair.