Gombe Rep wins 5 litigations, extend olive branch to opponent, says he won’t be distracted
Hon Victor Mela Danzaria, Member Representing Balanga/Billiri Federal Constituency, Gombe State.
By Akanji Alowolodu, Gombe
After winning series of litigation against his election since 2019, the member, representing Balanga/Billiri Federal Constituency of Gombe State, in the House of Representative, Victor Mela Danzaria has called on his main challenger, Ali Isa JC, to as a matter of necessity join hands with him in building a better and progressive constituency.
Victor Mela who was elected under the APC said that the period of the cases did not distract him from representing his constituency well as he had been providing democratic dividends to the people and will never stop.
The Federal lawmaker was reacting over the weekend shortly after a court in Abuja last Friday delivered judgement on the case against him extending his hands of friendship and fellowship to Ali Isa JC who he defeated at the polls calling on him to join him in advancing the cause of the constituency.
He said that, “let us close our ranks and work to heal our constituency and better the lives of our people. I haven been vindicated from the politically induced and perverse conviction”.
He also thanked all those who stood by him during the trying times calling on his supporters and sympathizers alike to be magnanimous in victory while admonishing them not to insult, abuse and drag anyone in the name of celebration.
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court had last Friday, 18th June, 2021 sitting on appeal in Bwari, FCT, discharged and acquitted Victor Mela Danzaria, following his earlier conviction by a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on the offence of False Evidence
The court presided over by Hon Justice O. A. Musa together with Justice A. O. Ebong after considering his appeal, upheld same and declared the entire proceedings of the Magistrate Court, his conviction and sentencing as a nullity, baseless and void in it’s entirety.
The Appellate Court held that by virtue of the provisions of Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), only the High Court of a State or the FCT can determine the nature of the complaint against him.
Also, the court further held that since provisions of the Electoral Act has specified the court that can try the allegations against Hon. Danzaria, no other court, including the FCT Magistrate Court can try him.
The Federal lawmaker has been winning series of court cases up to five times, ostensibly pursued by his main challenger, Ali Isa JC of the PDP, since INEC declared him winner after the 2019 general election.