I’ll re­trieve my ‘stolen’ man­date - Ex coun­cil boss

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The im­me­di­ate past chair­man of Gwag­wal­ada Area Coun­cil, Al­haji Abubakar Jib­rin Giri, has said that he will re­trieve his ‘stolen’ man­date at the elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal.

Giri, a for­mer chair­man of Gwag­wal­ada was de­feated in the last area coun­cils’ elec­tion when he sought for a sec­ond term un­der the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

He has filed a pe­ti­tion be­fore the Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal to chal­lenge the dec­la­ra­tion of the in­cum­bent chair­man of the coun­cil, Al­haji Adamu Mustapha, of APGA, in the re-run April 9 polls in the area.

Ad­dress­ing some APC ex­ec­u­tives and other pary mem­bers who paid him Sal­lah homage at his Giri res­i­dence yes­ter­day, he urged them not to re­lent in their prayers so that they emerged vic­to­ri­ous at the tri­bunal.

“It is very clear that there were elec­tion mal­prac­tices in some polling units dur­ing the last coun­cil elec­tion, which I am urg­ing all of us to con­tinue to pray so that our ‘stolen’ man­date is re­trieved at the elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal,” he said.

He, how­ever, urged his sup­port­ers and mem­bers of the party across the 10 wards of the coun­cil to be calm and to con­tinue to be law abid­ing to con­sti­tuted au­thor­i­ties in the area.

He con­grat­u­lated Mus­lim res­i­dents of the coun­cil on the Eid-el-Fitr, and called on them to live in peace with oth­ers.

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