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senator representing Adamawa Northern Senatorial District in the 9th Assembly, Ishaku Abbo Cliff, has congratulated the defeated Sen. Binta Masi Garba over her ordination as a “Minister of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A shepherd of the flock of God.“.
Sen Abbo has sent the congratulatory message via his official Facebook page, where he invited Pastor Masi to resign her fate and the faith for mercy by joint hands with him to serve their constituency accordingly.
There was no malignity or malice intended in the congratulatory message even when it reflected the ungodly incidents as a price paid to him for taking the path of politics without bitterness, calling for harmony against mutual suspicion and antagonistic relationship.
Recall that Senator, now Pastor Binta Masi has failed to resign to fate when she challenged the victory of Sen Abbo at the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal for Adamawa State and the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola; both arbitrators have declared and upheld the verdict of INEC, confirming Abbo as the legitimate elected senator for the Adamawa Northern Senatorial Zone.
Abbo who stated that though he floored Pastor Binta Masi Garba with 18,000 votes in 2019 National Assembly Election and has neither spoken ill against her, nor organised thugs to attack her, he saw no point in her taking the Satanic path against his Senate success, when developmental politics ought to be played without bitterness, with constructive rather than destructive opposition.
Read the full text below:
I want to congratulate Senator Binta Masi Garba (BMG) on her ordination as a Minister of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A Shepherd of the flocks of God.
Recall, I contested election against her in 2019 and I defeated her with over 18,000 votes (it’s not by my power).
Recall also, that throughout my campaigns, which spanned well over two years (since 2017), I have never spoken anything negative against her, nor attacked her person either in the open or in the private.
I also cautioned my supporters to campaign based on issues and not personal attacks.
As surprising as this will sound, I gave money to APC leaders in my ward to mobilise people to welcome her and attend her rally during her campaign tour to Muchalla ward.
I also used my Facebook wall to call on my supporters to welcome her well to Mubi and indeed to Fali land.
While I expected my distinguished sister and now a pastor to reciprocate my humane and loving gestures and accept the outcome of the election as the will of the people and most importantly, as God’s verdict, I was surprised that BMG was the architect of organising a mob against my name, dragged me to the election petitions tribunals, took me to the court of appeal saying I stole her mandate. I hired three (3) sans and spent so much money.
these monies could have been sunk into a more profitable venture to benefit our long-suffering people of Adamawa north.
I want to hereby make it abundantly clear that I bear no grudges.
for the records, I believe this wonderful amazon, a shining example of hard work, dedication to duty and a classic example of “beauty with brains” loves her people.
It is not easy to be in the national assembly for twenty years (20 years). Senator Binta is a role model for our women.
I want to invite you, my distinguished sister and Pastor, to join hands with me to help our people.
I know you love them.
I wish you all the best.
Once again, congratulations for this more noble cause.