In anticipation of the ruling on the Kano State Governorship Election Petition, Nigerian law enforcement officers and other security personnel are presently stationed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The increased security is probably a reaction to how Kano locals felt about the Tribunal’s September ruling on the same issue.
Remember that Abba Kabir Yusuf received 1,019,602 votes in the March 18, 2023 election, more than Nasiru Gawuna’s 890,705 votes, according to the Independent National Electronic Electoral Commission (INEC).
But the All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing one another of electoral misconduct, has brought the case to the Tribunal.
On September 20, 2023, a three-person tribunal consisting of Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay and two other judges removed Yusuf from office after ruling that 165,663 of his votes were void because the Independent National Electoral Commission had not signed or stamped them.
Ganuwa received 890,705 votes, but the governor’s total was cut to 853,939 votes. Calling the Tribunal’s judgement “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice,” Yusuf instantly disagreed with it and filed an appeal.
Human rights attorney Femi Falana, SAN, responded by criticising the Tribunal’s ruling and stating that voters shouldn’t be punished for INEC’s errors.
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