Appeal court announces date to hear case on sacking of Governor Yusuf of Kano
- The appeal of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf on his sacking by the tribunal would begin to be heard on Monday, November 9
- This was disclosed in the case number CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023 and the counsels are said to be prepared for the legal battle
- The Kano state governorship election petition tribunal has sacked Yusuf and declared Nasiru Gawuna of the APC
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Kano, Kano – The Court of Appeal has said it would begin the hearing of the appeal filed against the sacking of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf by the Kano State governorship election petition tribunal on Monday, November 6.
According to Tribune, the development was disclosed in a notice in suit case number CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023, adding that the counsels for the parties in the case should be ready for the legal tussle.
The list of the parties in the case is Governor Yusuf and his political party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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On September 20, the tribunal sacked Governor Yusuf after declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid, adding that the votes were not signed nor stamped by the officials of INEC.
Yusuf was declared the winner of the March 18 governorship election in Kano by INEC, with 1,019,602 votes, while his closest rival, Nasiru Gawuna of the APC, scored 890,705 votes.
But the tribunal deducted the 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s tally, the governor’s votes were reduced 853, 939, making him to have 30,000 votes less than the 890,705 votes he garnered during the election to defeat Gawuna of the APC.
Following the declaration, the tribunal then ruled that the APC candidate, Gawuna, as the winner of the election and ordered withdrawal of the certificate of return issued to the governor by INEC and be issued to Gawuna of the APC.
Thus, the governor, NNPP and INEC are appealing the judgment of the tribunal asking the upper court to upturn the favour.
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