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Politics - September 21, 2023

Kano Tribunal Judgement Contested: Governor Abba Yusuf Heads to Appeal Court

The Governor of Kano State,  Abba Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.

Yusuf made this statement in a broadcast to the people of the state.

He also hinted that his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.

Speaking further, Yusuf called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law-abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of the lives and property of the citizens.

He said, “Let me assure you that this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” 

The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.

What you need to know about the tribunal judgement

The All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged the electoral victory of Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) as the governor of Kano State as declared by INEC in the March 18 governorship election in the State.

Following the petition filed in court, a three-man panel ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return, which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf, and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress.

The court deducted 165,663 votes from Governor Yusuf’s total as invalid votes, stating that the ballot papers were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.

Despite the tribunal’s ruling, Yusuf will remain in office until the appeal court and possibly the Supreme Court gives a final ruling on the matter.

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