The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state has suspended prominent House of Representatives member, Abdulmumin Jibrin for 12 months. Jibrin was recently the Director General for Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila campaign’s bid for the house leadership.
His party accused him of various “anti-party” activities and also recommended his expulsion by the party’s national headquarters.
The undertones: Last month, Jibrin was left out of the House committee leadership list released by Speaker Gbajabiamila to the surprise of many. It was later revealed that Jibrin rejected the seat offered him by the Speaker after consultations.
Gbajabiamila said: “Jibrin had repeatedly made clear his intention to leave the House of Representatives. My persuasions and that of some other leaders convinced him, reluctantly, to stay a bit longer. Jibrin 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 public service.” Already Jibrin himself has publicly indicated that he does not plan to return to the House in the future.
- Jibrin lobbied to represent Kano on President Buhari’s ministerial list and hoped to leave the House upon his nomination. He was reportedly disappointed by his omission from the list.
- Governor Ganduje’s men are uncomfortable with Jibrin’s ambition. The feeling within the Ganduje camp is that the lawmaker is posturing to replace Ganduje in 2023 and has been making moves to undermine the influence of the Governor.
Always in the eye of the storm: Recall that Abdulmumin Jibrin was suspended by the House for 180 days in September 2016. This followed the recommendation of an ethics committee which indicted him for mismanaging privileged information on the budget and lying against principal officers of the House.
Bottomline: There is a chance that Jibrin might still leave his seat in the National Assembly ahead of his term. Notwithstanding Jibrin remains a political orphan, one with a reputation for going against his ex-allies including ex-speaker Yakubu Dogara, former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and now Governor Ganduje.