- 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
The three-man panel led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay had held that 165,663 votes of the governor were invalid.
Merchants close shops in Kano
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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.
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.
Obi’s supporters can learn from Kano NNPP
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Stephen Osemwegie, a chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), said if supporters of Peter Obi pay attention to the Kano state chapter of the NNPP, they "might learn a thing or two".
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, Legit.ng 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.