The accused, Jafar Sani Bello, who was once appointed a caretaker councillor during the first tenure of Governor Ibrahim Shekarau was docked alongside one Abubakar Musa of Yantsire of Gama quarters.
The two accused persons were charged under Sections 114 and 113 of the Penal Code.
The First Information Report (FIR) reads: “You Jafaru Sani Bello of No. 56 Sani Bello Street Gama quarters went to PDP ward congress venue at Filin Kaya and provocatively campaigned for one Alhaji Adamu openly whereby one Abubakar Musa of Yantsire quarters Kano came and pushed you off the campaign podium and then hit you on your chest.”
After the FIR was read to the understanding of the accused persons by the Registrar of Court 7, Abdullahi Umar Haruna, Jafaru who was arraigned as the first accused, said the contents of were untrue, while the second accused admitted them as true.
Following their pleas, the prosecutor, Inspector Bashir Abubakar, told the court that the accused have since shown the willingness to live peacefully and allow peace to reign, at which point, the trial Chief Magistrate, Aminu Abubakar Kabara, then asked the accused persons to tell the court why they engaged in the brawl.
Based on this, Musa said it was just an act of God, while on his own part, Jafaru said he was only asking other PDP stalwarts to join queue and vote for his favourite candidate, when Musa who got furious by the fact that his own candidate was having fewer supporters on his side of the queue, accosted Jafaru and hit him in the chest.
Jafaru told the court that because of the impact of the assault and his medical history as an ulcer patient, he started vomiting blood and was rushed to hospital.
Jafaru told the court that he had to calm down his supporters and stopped them from taking the law into their hands as they had surged forward to take vengeance for him.
The case has been adjourned till 2 of September while the two accused persons have been admitted to bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
It was observed that the court was visibly empty as party members shunned to coming in solidarity with one of their outspoken members.
A party source who craved anonymity said the party did not want the matter to be publicized as that might hamper the success they were making in mending the party to face the 2011 elections in the state.
Jafaru’s father and siblings were spotted in the court.