Tribunal Sacks Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, Declares Nasir Gawuna Winner

Tribunal Sacks Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, Declares Nasir Gawuna Winner

  • The city of Kano experienced one of the most shocking political upsets in history on Wednesday, September 20
  • In its final ruling, the Kano election petition tribunal sacked the incumbent Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigerian Party (NNPP)
  • The court affirmed Nasir Gawuna, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2023 gubernatorial polls in Kano State

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has been sacked by the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

On Wednesday, September 20, the tribunal declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasir Gawuna, the winner of the Kano State governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18.

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Governor Abba Yusuf can approach the Supreme Court to seek redress to the tribunal's verdict. Photo Credit: Nasir Gawuna/Abba Kabir Yusuf
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Recall that Governor Yusuf was sworn in on Monday, May 29, after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner of the governorship polls in Kano State and was handed a certificate of return by the electoral commission.

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However, at the ruling of the election tribunal, which was declared virtually, the electoral commission was ordered to revoke the certificate of return given to Governor Yusuf and hand it over to APC's Gawuna.

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Daily Trust reported that the court deducted 165,663 votes from Gov Yusuf's total as invalid, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and declared null.

However, the election tribunal's verdict is still subject to an appeal at the Supreme Court, where Governor Yusuf will imminently challenge the tribunal's ruling.

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Meanwhile, former federal lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani cryptically predicted the outcome of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is challenging the victory of Governor Abba Yusuf from the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP) in the March 18 election.

Sani compares the verdict to a Liverpool vs Chelsea match, sparking humorous reactions on Twitter.

Journalists Barred As Police Reveal Only 50 People Allowed into Kano Tribunal Venue

At the tribunal, the Kano state commissioner of police, Usaini Muhammed Gumel, disclosed that about 50 persons were allowed into the courtroom on Wednesday, September 20.

Gumel said the tribunal secretary relayed the information to the police authority, adding that the force did not order the restriction.

Some journalists were not allowed to enter the court due to the restriction.


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