- A coalition has insisted that the judgement of the Appeal Court that sacked the governor of Kano state, Abba Kabir Yusuf, was not the right call
- Legit.ng recalls that in November, the appellate court, in its judgement in Abuja, ordered the governor to vacate office and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasir Gawuna, as the winner of the election
- The coalition said the verdict was against the principle of democracy upon which Nigeria was founded
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Kano, Kano state - A group, Northern Initiative for Peace and Economic Development, has urged the Supreme Court to set aside the decision of the Appeal Court concerning the Kano state governorship election.
Abel Jilemsam, leader of the group, addressed a press conference in Jos, Plateau state, on Wednesday, December 6, and urged the Supreme Court to respect "the popular mandate in Kano".
'Give unbiased judgement' - Northern groups to court
Blueprint Newspapers also noted the Northern groups' stance.
“The citizens of Kano have exercised their democratic rights, and their voices must be heard and honoured.
"Attempts to undermine the sanctity of these elections not only jeopardise the democratic principles that Nigeria upholds but also erode public trust in the electoral process.
“We call upon all stakeholders, including the electoral authorities and the judiciary, to ensure a thorough and unbiased judgement as we head to the Supreme Court for dispute arising from the ruling of appeal judgments."
How Kano tribunal allegedly favoured APC
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) described the judgement of the Kano state election tribunal which sacked Governor Yusuf, as "a miscarriage of justice".
The acting national chairman of the party, Abba Kawu Ali in a statement, alleged that the tribunal unjustly subtracted 165,663 votes from the party's result to award victory to the ruling party, the APC.
NNPP speaks on controversial anti-APC protest
The NNPP said the demonstrators were “patriotic Nigerians” residing abroad and only expressed their displeasure over the Kano state tribunal’s judgement.