- Robert Hon, the National Legal Adviser of the NNPP, has played down the ruling of the Kano state governorship election petition tribunal which upturned Governor Abba Yusuf’s victory
- The tribunal declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Nasiru Gawuna, winner of the March 18, 2023, governorship election in the state
- Reacting to the ruling, Hon said the NNPP will appeal the "unfair judgement" and urged supporters of the party to "remain peaceful"
Kano, Kano state - The national legal adviser of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Robert Hon, has said his party is “not perturbed at all” by the verdict of the tribunal which sacked Abba Kabir Yusuf as Kano governor.
Hon, in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, September 20, said the party is “prepared to retrieve the mandate that was given to us by the people of Kano state”.
Kano: NNPP official reacts to tribunal's verdict
Hon called on NNPP supporters to remain calm as “there is no cause for alarm”.
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“This is just a court of first instance. We have the court of appeal, and we have the supreme court. We are prepared to retrieve the mandate that was given to us by over million people of Kano state. You can see that even after the judgement, Kano state is very peaceful, the streets are very peaceful. Nobody is agitating over anything. So, we are good to go. We will test it up to the last level. We are not in any way perturbed.”
Hon stated that Kano citizens are "solidly behind" Yusuf.
Tribunal sacks Kano governor, Yusuf
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Yusuf was sacked by the tribunal. The tribunal declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gawuna, the winner of the Kano state governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
The verdict is seen as a win for Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC; and a loss for Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NNPP presidential candidate during the 2023 poll.
Authorities declare curfew in Kano
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that a permanent curfew has been declared in Kano following the verdict of the election petitions tribunal sacking Yusuf.
Commissioner of Police (CP), Muhammad Gumel, in a statement he personally signed, on Wednesday, September 20, said a combined team of security operatives has been dispatched across the city to enforce the curfew.