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PLATEAU STATE: Reps Member debunks alleged ‘abandonment’ of Constituency

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Member Representing Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Hon. Musa Avia Agah, has debunked insinuations in some quarters that, he has abandoned his constituents since his assumption as a representative of the people in Plateau.

Briefing newsmen in Jos on Monday, Hon. Agah retorted that, there was no time he abandoned his constituents since they were the ones that elected him, saying, “My election as a Lawmaker was the handiwork of my constituency. So, why should I deny them and refuse to pick their calls?”

Hon. Agah is of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who won the election during the by-election for Jos North/Bassa, following the death of Hon. Maitala that died as a result of a motor accident on his way to Jos, from Abuja.

Our correspondent gathered that, on 2nd September, 2022, the National and States Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos High Court had nullified the election of Hon. Musa Avia Agah of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and declared the candidate of the PRP, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, as the winner.

While reacting on the judgment, Hon. Agah described his victory as a divine mandate that cannot be taking away by the tribunal but only by God Himself.

Conscience Triumph notes that, a controversy has ensued here, in the sense that, during the judgment by the tribunal, led by Justice Hope Ozoh, the Judge stated that, “Hon. Agah was not validly nominated by the PDP for the Bye-Election conducted on February 26, 2022, which declared him the winner.”

But, on the other hand, Hon. Musa Avia Agah keeps insisting that, his mandate “is a divine one and can only be taken away by God,” adding that, that he has already appealed the judgment and expressed confidence that since it is a ‘God divine Mandate,’ he will be victorious at the Appealed Court.

He faulted the judgment, on grounds that, the matter is already before the Appeal Court, and urged his constituents not to panic, because his mandate remains intact, having appealed against the judgment.

Hon. Agah further assured them of his determination and commitment to deliver dividends of democracy as their representative at the National Assembly.

According to him, within the shortest time he had been in the National Assembly, he has sponsored two bills, a bill to upgrade the Cottage Hospital in Bassa to Federal Medical Centre and a bill to upgrade Relevant Technology Centre to Federal College of Education Technical Jos.

He explained that, “Already, one of the bills has passed second reading, and I am optimistic that, both of them will sail through,” and assured the people that he would continue to do his best within his strength and resources to give them effective representation in the Green Chamber.

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