The phrase that “political sins aren’t forgiven” best describes the fate of a former Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumun Jibrin, as he lost his re-election.
Jibrin was the only APC candidate who lost the court ordered rerun elections that held in Kano State on Saturday.
Jibrin was defeated by a wide margin by his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Ali Datti-Yako for the Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State.
The returning officer, Abdullahi Arabic, a professor, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ali Datti-Yako, won the election.
Mr Datti-Yako polled 48,601 against Mr Jibrin who scored 13,587 votes.
The returning officer declared that Mr Datti-Yako satisfied the requirements of the law and was elected.
Bittertruth Media gathered that in a bid to punish the former lawmaker, major stakeholders in his party in his state as well as the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had withdrawn their support for Jibrin’s reelection.
This followed the controversial stand of Hon.Jibrin during the Governorship Supplementary Election perceived to be against Gov.Ganduje.
“Events of the last few hours in Kano is (sic) embarrassing, shameful and condemnable. As leaders we must act responsibly and allow the process to be peacefully concluded in the interest of our state and people. Every contest has a winner and loser. The winner must be handed victory,” Hon.Jibrin had tweeted.
Angered by his utterances then, the leaders of the party vowed to unseat him whenever an opportunity arises as well as announced his suspension for anti-party activities.
The fate of Hon.Jibrin was seemingly determined when on November 1, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna nullified his election and ordered for fresh election in the constituency.
Although he apologized to the Kano APC Leaders and even knelt to greet the chairman of the party in the state, Abdullahi Abbas, at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport tarmac, he was still denied access to the governor.
Despite meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, and other stakeholders to support him in the re-run, the alleged gang-up against him still led to his defeat.
The Kano State APC went ahead to strike a deal with his opponent, the candidate of PDP, Ali Datti Yako, to defect to APC immediately after winning election.
“We will never support Abdulmumin Jibrin in this election. It is a done deal we are supporting Yako. No matter how many times you forgive him, he will still go against the collective interest of the party. So the entire party stakeholders in Kano have decided to support the candidate of PDP Ali Datti Yako,” said a top party leader who preferred anonymity.
Meanwhile, the embattled former lawmaker has accepted defeat promising not to challenge the outcome in court amidst his reservations about the poll.