In a significant development, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has taken a strategic legal step to challenge the recent decision of the Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal. The governor has hired the services of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), a renowned legal luminary who notably led the legal team of President Bola Tinubu during the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
The tribunal’s ruling had, last month, declared Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election, effectively stripping Governor Yusuf of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) of his mandate.
Chief Wole Olanipekun’s involvement in Governor Yusuf’s case adds a significant dimension to the legal battle. Accompanying him on the governor’s legal team are experienced legal practitioners, including Bode Olanipekun (SAN), Ibrahim G. Waru, and Akintola Makinde. The legal firm, Wole Olanipekun & Co, will be handling the appeal.
The governor’s appeal, which consists of 42 grounds, aims to overturn the decision of the tribunal and have the petition filed by the APC dismissed. This legal move underscores Governor Yusuf’s determination to regain his mandate and maintain his position as the governor of Kano State.
Meanwhile, Chief E.O.B. Offiong (APC) remains the counsel for the APC, setting the stage for a rigorous legal confrontation at the Court of Appeal.
The decision to engage Chief Wole Olanipekun as counsel signals a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal saga surrounding the Kano State gubernatorial election. As the legal proceedings progress, all eyes are on the Court of Appeal to determine the fate of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s mandate.
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