Kano Gov's Sack: Five Things to Know As Supreme Court Gives Verdict on Yusuf, Gawuna

Kano Gov's Sack: Five Things to Know As Supreme Court Gives Verdict on Yusuf, Gawuna

The Supreme Court will, on Friday, January 12, give its final verdict on the political dispute trailing the Kano state governorship election held on March 18, 2023.

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Incumbent Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, was sacked by the Court of Appeal and the state tribunal.

On both occasions, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the poll winner.

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Things to know as Supreme Court delivers judgment on Kano governorship poll Photo Credit: Abba Kabir Yusuf, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna
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Governor Yusuf and the NNPP are appealing the appellate court's verdict, and the apex court will deliver its judgment today, Friday.

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APC shares 'Aso-Ebi'

The APC in Kano state has reportedly shared 'Aso-Ebi', a uniform of clothes for its members to wear after the judgment is delivered.

The sharing of Aso Ebi' ahead of the Supreme Court hearing shows the party's confidence that the outcome of the verdict would be in its favour.

APC, NNPP supporters plan protests in Kano

Following the outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment, the NNPP and the APC supporters had planned to stage protests and rallies in the Kano metropolitan city.

However, the police stopped the move by the supporters of the two political parties after their leaders were forced to sign a peace accord.

Despite the accord, there were reports of incidences of violence in some parts of the state over the judgment of the appellate court, but the police had been able to put the situation under control so far.

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There are rumoured plans to stage another protest after Supreme Court's verdict.

Governor Yusuf may lose at the Supreme Court

Embattled NNPP Governor Yusuf may not be favoured at the Supreme Court a the the apex court is unlikely to overturn the concurrent judgment that emanated from the tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Ismail Balogun, a legal practitioner, held this position while speaking with Legit.ng on the political tussle in the northwest state.

The legal icon said:

"The probability of success at the Supreme Court is shrouded in the web of uncertainty. This is because he is now dealing with two concurring judgments of the lower Courts, and the Supreme Court rarely overturns concurring judgments unless the same is perverse or there was a miscarriage of justice."

Intense tension from the Court of Appeal's judgment

The outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment increased the growing political tension in the state following the controversies that the oral judgment differed from what was contained in the certified copy.

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Haruna Isah Dederi, the Kano state attorney general and commissioner for justice, announced the flaws in the judgment while reacting to the verdict sacking the governor.

The NNPP supporters in the state have consistently condemned the judgment even after the court addressed the issue.

However, APC members have been celebrating the ruling as it favoured their candidates.

Police on top of the situation in Kano

The police have continued to work to avoid breakdown of law and order in the state.

Mohammed Usaini Gumel, the police commissioner in Kano, said on Thursday, January 11, that the force had increased the security level in the state to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

The police boss also expressed the readiness of the force to clamp down on anyone who attempted or plotted mayhem on the state before, during and after the Supreme Court judgment.

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Mutfwang, other govs Supreme Court reserved judgment on suit to sack them

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 9, reserved judgments in the governorship election appeals against Governors Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau) and Sheriff Oborevwori of (Delta).

The court also earlier reserved its judgment on suit seeking to sack Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.

A five-member panel presided over by Justice John Okoro said parties (Plateau and Delta) would be notified when the judgments are ready for delivery.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844