Shekarau Missing As INEC Present Certificate Of Return To Senators-Elect

Ibrahim Shekarau, the senator-elect for Kano Central, was not there to receive his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Out of the 101 Senators-in-waiting who got certificates of return on Tuesday, there are only three women.

The three are Ireti Kingibe, wife of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Idiat Adebule, former deputy governor of Lagos, and Ipilabo Banigo of Rivers.

Shekarau, who was declared the winner of the Kano Central on the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) ticket, left the organization. In a letter, he let the other party know that he was no longer interested in the ticket.

Although the party went to court to compel INEC to replace Shekarau with another candidate since he was no longer a member of the NNNP, party officials said the Commission failed to do so, insisting the former Kano Governor can only be replaced in a situation of death or incapacitation.

Shekarau alleged the Leader of the NNPP and presidential candidate of the party, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso betrayed their agreements.

He said: “All the agreements we had with him were betrayed by Kwankwaso and his boys and they did not accommodate one single person from my camp.

“We reached an agreement to accommodate my supporters into various elective positions in the party, but until now, the committee set up could not accommodate one single person, apart from the senatorial slot given to me.

“I will never be a party to injustice. My integrity is utmost and not any political position that will make me compromise it and that of my people. Nobody will use position or money against my integrity.

“I am a man of honour and integrity but his governorship candidate (Abba Kabir Yusuf), who was given the responsibility to look at areas to accommodate my people into various elective positions never for one single day did so or even called for meeting talk less of accepting my supporters to contest.

“Nobody will use money to change my conscience. I was a governor for eight years in Kano and people believed in my integrity. I am still living in a rented house in Abuja and never allocated a single plot of land to myself, when I served as governor in Kano and I challenged anyone, who knows my plot of land to expose it.”

The National Chairman of the Party, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali could not be reached as of the time of this report.

Senators-Elect who collected their certificates of return on Tuesday: include Adams Osiomhole (Edo); Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe); Abdulaziz Yari (Zamara); Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); Idiat Adebule (Lagos) and Ipalibo Banigo (Rivers, Deputy).

Others include Solomon Adeola Olamilekan; Osita Izunaso (former National Publicity of the APC) Ireti Kingibe, younger brother to late President Umaru Yar’adua, Abdulaziz Yar’adua, among others.

The Senators elect also included some serving members of the House of Representatives who won election s into the Senate.

They include: Dalington Nwkocha (Abia); Mohammed Tahir Monguno (Borno); Yemi Adaramodu (Ekiti); Nasir Zango-Daura (Katsina) and Muntar Dandutse (Katsina).

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