Maude Rabiu Gwadabe
The member representing Kiru/Bebeji constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin Kofa has announced that his readiness to leave the House.
Mr Kofa twitted that “Very soon I may be in the labour market. I will be a free agent. My CV is ready. Any offer?
Mr Kofa made the statement after re-twitting a statement by the House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila explaining why Kofa was not appointed chairman of any standing committee.
“Let me clarify that Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin was not excluded from the leadership composition. He was involved in the composition process and declined accepting any committee leadership.” The Speaker stated.
“Hon. Jibrin had, repeatedly, made clear his intention to leave the House. My persuasions and that of some other leaders convinced him, reluctantly, to stay a bit longer.” He added.
“He wants a fresh challenge and his preference will be to return to the university and pursue his professorial ambition, face his private business or serve in the executive arm of the public service.” He said.
Kano today recalls that Mr Kofa of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) won the 2019 election by narrowly defeating Ali Datti Yako of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with a margin of 685 votes.
However, the Returning Officer, Bello Idris Tijjani, a professor of Physics at Bayero University Kano had to announce the result in the state capital due to violence at the constituency.
The PDP rejected the result alleging that six polling units won by the party were cancelled.
According to the PDP there were over 700 registered voters in the cancelled units.
In his reaction after winning the election, Mr. Kofa said it was the most difficult campaign of his political career and he would not contest for the seat again.
The Elections Petitions Tribunal has closed hearing of the cases instituted by PDP against his victory on July 22, 2019.
The tribunal is, however, yet to deliver its judgment.
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