PDP candidate defeats Abdulmumin Jibrin in Kano rerun

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A former lawmaker, Abdulmumun Jibrin, has lost his re-election.

Jibrin, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State, was defeated in the rerun election held on Saturday.

The returning officer, Abdullahi Arabic, a professor, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ali Datti-Yako, won the election. Datti-Yako polled 48,601 against Jibrin who scored 13,587 votes.

The returning officer declared that Datti-Yako satisfied the requirements of the law and was elected.

Jibrin became popular nationally after he accused the leadership of the House of Representatives including the then speaker, Yakubu Dogara, of increasing the size of Nigeria’s budget for pecuniary gain.

The phenomenon, widely known as budget padding, was condemned by many Nigerians. Jibrin was suspended from the House of Representatives for about a year based on the allegation. The suspension was later voided by the court.

Jibrin was initially re-elected in last year’s election. He led the campaign of the incumbent speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was later sacked by the court which ruled that a fresh election be held in the constituency.

There were rumours that the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was not supporting Jibrin for the re-election. But the lawmaker dismissed the reports recently after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

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