In the spirit of sportsmanship, House of Representatives Member, Honourable Abdulrauf Modibbo Girei, Representing Yola North/Yola South/ Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State has accepted the decision of the supreme court ,which nullified his election .
Despite his sportsmanship, according to him, the court didn’t explore every channel at it’s disposal to investigate or verify the allegations leveled against him, he accepted the verdict in good faith .
The Supreme Court in her judgement on Tuesday, sacked the Adamawa lawmaker , Abdulra’uf Abdulkadir Modibo of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The five-man panel of the court, led by Justice John Okoro, in a unanimous judgment, upheld an appeal by Mustapha Usman.
The apex court found that Modibbo forged his credentials.
It also affirmed that he did not participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
Addressing journalists today on the Supreme Court Verdict , Abdulrauf Modibbo explained, “Regarding the issue of certificate forgery, my primary school head teacher was invited by the court, he tendered all necessary information that should have proven my innocence.
“On the issue of one-year mandatory service with NYSC, campaigns kick-start on 18th November, 2018 INEC lifted the campaign ban which is few months to general election. As of then, my one-year mandatory service with the NYSC has been completed. Furthermore, I tendered my senior secondary school certificate (SSCE) to INEC not my B.Sc. What does this have to do with NYSC when it was not a requirement for candidates who presented SSCE?
“Yesterday, I congratulated Hon Jafar Ribadu, and offered to work with him on behalf of my constituents. I hope that he will be a good leader for the people of Yola south, Yola north and Girei federal constituency.
“This is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for, but I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful opportunity you bestowed on me to lead you for this short time.
“This constituency is the center of my state, and being trusted with your votes at polling units to represent you has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too. And so do thousands of people who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort.
“So,now our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger fairer and prosperous constituency we seek. And I know you will. I am so grateful to stand with all of you.”
“I will like to use this opportunity to appreciate the people that sacrifice a lot to make our struggle less tiresome, and journey worthwhile. I want to thank my boss Alh. Mohammed Gidado, His Execellency, former Governor, Sen Bindow Umaru Jibrilla, Rt Hon Femi Mbajabiamila, SGF Boss Gida Mustapha, Her Excellency, Aisha Buhari, (Dr) Mohammed Halilu Modi, Sen Aisha Binani, Hon Namdaz, Hon Capt Buba, Hon Jafar, His Execellency, Ahamdu Umar Fintiri, Hon Mutawalli, Hon Suleiman Alkali, Hon Kabiru Mijinyawa, Hon Sajo Lekki, APC stakeholders, my campaign team, friends and family, I say thank you all.”