The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has sacked the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, from his seat as the member representing Ningi Central Constituency in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
A three-member panel on Friday held that the election that produced Suleiman was full of irregularities and ordered for a rerun in 10 polling units in the constituency.
However, the Speaker has urged all his supporters and constituents to remain calm and law-abiding, viewing the situation as a temporary setback that will soon be rectified.
The Speaker expressed his acceptance of the judgement in good faith, citing his belief as a Muslim in destiny and fate, despite the unfavourable outcome.
Characterising the judgement as a minor political setback, not uncommon in his political career, the Speaker stated his readiness for the rerun election, aiming to augment the almost two thousand-vote margin he previously secured against his opponent.
Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y. Suleiman emphasised that the steadfast support and solidarity he enjoys in Ningi remain unwavering, dismissing any attempts to undermine his position.
He questioned the rationale behind prolonging the process of election defeat by his opponents, considering the rerun in the ten polling units, which are his strongholds, as a straightforward contest.
The Speaker emphasised the enduring infrastructural development initiated by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad in the Ningi Local Government Area, affirming the unbeatable position of the PDP in Ningi.
He pledged to persist in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Ningi Central Constituency, undeterred by the attempts of certain elements to hinder his progress.
These statements were contained in a statement by Abdul Ahmad Burra, Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly.