In a groundbreaking decision, the Court of Appeal has removed the incumbent Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, elected under the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). The three-man panel, led by Justice M.A Adumeh, ruled that Yusuf’s name was not on the party register, rendering him ineligible to contest under the NNPP. The court also highlighted inadequate sponsorship, asserting that he was not properly endorsed.
This verdict follows Yusuf’s appeal challenging the elections tribunal ruling that nullified his victory in the 2023 governorship election. The tribunal had earlier declared Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the rightful winner.
For days, anticipation has gripped Kano State as residents awaited the Court of Appeal’s judgment. The Kano Police Command took preemptive security measures, placing officers strategically across the state and warning against any disturbances.
In a statement, the Kano state government urged citizens to remain law-abiding, cautioning against any attempts to disrupt the peace. The Commissioner of Information, Halilu Dantiye, emphasized the need for order amidst the unfolding political developments.
Abba Yusuf, initially declared the NNPP winner by INEC in March 2023, garnered 1,019,602 votes, surpassing Gawuna’s 890,705 votes. However, the recent court decision has reshaped the political landscape in Kano State, leaving residents and political observers in anticipation of the next chapter in this unfolding saga.
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