Rep raises alarm over opponents’ plot to smear him

A member of the House of Representatives from Niger State, Hon. Abdulahi Garba, has denied statement credited to him on the 2019 elections by a group, saying it was an attempt by opponents to discredit him.

A group under the aegis of Niger Against Corruption, reportedly accused the lawmaker representing Kontagora/Mariga/Wushishi/Mashegu Federal Constituency of the state, of openly boasting to secure a favorable court verdict in a running court case, which was fallout of his party’s primary election, and vowed that it would mobilise against Garba’s return to the House of Representatives.

Garba has however denied ever saying such, adding that “how can I as a lawmaker representing the good people of my constituency make such comment on a matter that is before the court.

“I think it is a campaign of calumny against me to instigate the people and the judiciary against me, and to also tarnish my image, but I can assure you  it will not work”, he said in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, as a law abiding citizen, who believed in the capacity of the court to adjudicate fairly, he had no reason to go about boasting of securing a favorable outcome over a matter which is already before a court.

“Despite losing in the primaries as the people are already tired of his representation, had his mandate challenged in court but instead of focusing on the legal work before him, he went about compromising”, the group said in report sighted by Blueprint. 

The lawmaker however called on his teeming supporters in his constituency, “to discountenance the claims by this faceless group and work towards the victory of APC in the Federal, State and Local governments in the interest of good governance”.

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