In a significant turn of events, the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has made a momentous ruling, overturning the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and declaring Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the rightful winner of the March 18 election.
The initial outcome of the election had seen Abba Kabir Yusuf, running under the banner of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). However, the recent ruling by the three-member tribunal has sent shockwaves through the political landscape of Kano State.
The tribunal’s decision stemmed from petitions filed by concerned parties, and it ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return previously presented to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf by INEC. In its place, the tribunal directed that a certificate of return be issued to Nasiru Gawuna, the APC candidate.
One of the pivotal factors that contributed to this decision was the invalidation of a substantial number of votes. The court deducted a total of 165,663 votes from Abba Kabir Yusuf’s tally, deeming them invalid due to the absence of proper stamping and signing on the affected ballot papers.
What makes this ruling even more remarkable is the fact that Nasiru Gawuna had previously conceded defeat to Abba Kabir Yusuf, showcasing his commitment to the democratic process. In a short audio statement made on March 29, Gawuna, citing his adherence to his faith as a “good Muslim,” had accepted the election’s outcome, whether it favored him or not.
Gawuna’s decision to accept the results had seemed final, but the subsequent legal proceedings and the tribunal’s judgment have now changed the course of the Kano State gubernatorial race.
This development adds another layer of complexity to the ever-dynamic world of Nigerian politics, setting the stage for potential shifts in the political landscape of Kano State. It will be interesting to observe how this ruling influences the state’s future governance and political dynamics.
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