BREAKING: Tension in Kano as Traders Shut Shops After Tribunal Sacked Abba Yusuf as Governor

BREAKING: Tension in Kano as Traders Shut Shops After Tribunal Sacked Abba Yusuf as Governor

  • The Kano governorship election petition tribunal on Wednesday, September 20, sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, and declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election
  • Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
  • But the three-man tribunal panel ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf and directed that it should be given to Nasir Gawuna

Kano, Kano state - Traders across major markets in kano shut their shops and rushed home shortly after the state's governorship election tribunal sacked Abba Yusuf as governor.

The three-man panel led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay had held that 165,663 votes of the governor were invalid.

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Tension in Kano over tribunal's judgement. Photo credits: Abba Kabir Yusuf, Journalist KC
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According to the judgment, the ballot papers for the 165,663 votes were not signed and stamped, therefore, they were invalid.

Some of the places where traders suspended activities were Kantin Kwari, Sabon Gari, and Singer markets, Daily Trust reported.

A prominent shopping mall in the metropolis, Ado Bayero Mall (ShopRite), was also under lock and key.

Recently, the political terrain in Kano was heated up following violent clashes between supporters of the APC and the NNPP, with each side blaming the other for the development.

Before Wednesday's tribunal's verdict, there were accusations, counter-accusations, and threats between the two parties.

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During the proceedings at the tribunal, many of the party's supporters trooped out in their hundreds, donning their traditional red caps.

Tribunal sacks Gov Abba Yusuf of Kano

Earlier, reported how the court sacked Yusuf as governor of the state.

The tribunal declared the APC candidate, Nasir Gawuna, the winner of the Kano state governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

The verdict is seen as a win for Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC; and a loss for Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the NNPP during the 2023 general election.


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