Kano APC expels Jibrin, embattled lawmaker kicks

The All Progressives Congress in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State has expelled the suspended House of Representatives member, Alhaji Abdulmumini Jibrin, from the party over alleged anti-party activities.

Jibrin a member representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal constituency in Kano State, was suspended by the House of Representatives for exposing alleged budget padding in the green chamber.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the APC chairman in Bebeji LG, Alhaji Sani Kanti-Ranka, announced Jibrin’s expulsion at a news conference in Kano on Thursday.

He said the decision to expel the suspended lawmaker from the party followed a series of allegations levelled against him in connection with the attempt to create divisions in the party.

“He is also being accused of trying to change the leadership of the party at the local government and all the 14 wards in Bebeji Local Government.

“Similarly, he is expelled from the party at the local government because he is sabotaging the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, in addition to being disloyal and disrespectful to the national leadership of the party, “ he said.

Kanti-Ranka said the offences were contrary to the APC constitution hence the decision of the party to set up a committee which sought for his reaction on the allegations.

He said the five-member committee had invited Jibrin to come and depend himself but he failed to do.

Kanti-Ranka said following his refusal to appear before the committee, the party had no option but to expel him.

NAN reported that the copy of the expulsion letter which was signed by the Kofa ward Chairman and Secretary of the party, Hudu Musa-Kofa and Jibrin Yunusa-Kofa, was copied to Ganduje and state party chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas.

But when contacted Jibrin said the person who addressed the news conference was  neither the chairman of the party at the local government level nor a part of the party executive at the state level.

He said, “This is yet another round of character assassination from antagonisers, who are perpetually threatened by our advocacy for transparency in public service and political leadership.

“Recall that I honoured the invitation of the EFCC in a bid to shed light on the cases of corruption perpetrated by some principal officers of the House of Representatives.

“The initiators of this false claim of my expulsion by my party are engaged by some politicians in Abuja in continuation of their futile bid to frustrate my anti-corruption campaigns.

“I wish to remind the public, and especially the media, that this report did not originate from my party, the APC. I have a cordial relationship with my party, and we have been working hand in hand to actualise our agenda for a better Nigeria.”

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