Lokoja, Kogi State – The Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, has made a significant decision by sacking Senator Jibrin Isah, popularly known as Echocho, who represented Kogi East senatorial district in the National Assembly. The tribunal’s ruling has led to the ordering of a rerun election in 155 polling units within Kogi East.
Senator Jibrin Isah, an ally of Governor Yahaya Bello and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was initially declared the winner of the senatorial election in Kogi East. However, the tribunal’s verdict has set the stage for a contest between Isah and Dr. Victor Adoji, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the upcoming rerun election.
The decision of the tribunal follows a series of events that have garnered public attention, including reports that Senator Isah was booed during a campaign rally in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State in January. At the rally, some constituents allegedly expressed their dissatisfaction and called for Isah’s return to Governor Bello, whom he had allegedly credited with his victory in the 2019 election. Senator Isah, however, disputed these claims and maintained that his campaign tour was successful.
More recently, a viral video showed Senator Isah kneeling before Governor Bello to express gratitude for nominating Shaibu Abubakar-Audu, the son of the late Abubakar Audu, for a ministerial position. In the video, Governor Bello explained that the nomination was a reward for the sacrifices made by both Abubakar-Audu and Senator Isah.
The developments surrounding Senator Jibrin Isah, including the tribunal’s decision and the political dynamics in Kogi State, continue to shape the political landscape in the region. The forthcoming rerun election in Kogi East senatorial district will be closely watched as the two prominent candidates, Isah and Dr. Victor Adoji, compete for the position in what promises to be a heated contest.