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Kano: Confusion as alleged judgement’s document affirms Gov. Yusuf’s victory

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Kano: Confusion as alleged judgement’s document affirms Gov. Yusuf’s victory

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State and the alleged one page ‘contradictory’ document allegedly from Court of Appeal Judgment on the Kano governorship election

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

A one- page document purportedly indicating that the Court of Appeal affirmed the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the judgment on March 18 Kano governorship election delivered last Friday is creating confusion in the political space of the ancient commercial city and indeed, across the country.

The appellate court had in a unanimous judgment delivered last Friday upheld the decision of the Governorship Tribunal, which sacked Governor Yusuf and declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, the winner of the election.

But the controversial document alleged to be part of the judgement which began flying around newsrooms and social media on Tuesday evening indicated that the appeal court judges affirmed the victory of Governor Yusuf.

Kano State Government sought to give authenticity to the document in a statement released by Governor Yusuf’s Chief Press Secretary, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Tuesday night.

In the statement, the press secretary said: “A certified copy of Appeal court Judgement on Kano state Governorship election has affirmed the victory of Abba Kabiru Yusuf as duly elected Governor of Kano state.”

“In the fresh revelation as indicated in the written judgement, the Court of Appeal, set aside the judgement of the Kano election petition tribunal for lacking in merit.

“The evidence contained on page 67 of the copy of the Appeal Court judgement released on Tuesday and signed by Registar Jameel Ibrahim Umar, the appellate court upheld the victory of Abba Kabiru Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP as duly elected Governor of Kano.

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“The three memberthree-membere appeal court, on Friday 17th November 2023 had dismissed the appeal filed by Governor Yusuf on the basis of his membership status.

“The appellate court subsequently affirmed Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress APC as winner of March 25th, 2023 Governorship poll in Kano.”

While further affirming the claim, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Dederi told journalists on Tuesday evening that: “Page 67 of the certified copy of the judgement clearly indicated that the tribunal’s ruling that sacked Governor Yusuf was set aside.”

“Contrary to what the Judges read to the public in the court room on the 17th November, the written evidence has vindicated Yusuf as legitimate Governor of Kano state.”

On Monday, a mammoth crowd trailed the convoy of Governor Yusuf in his first public appearance in the state after his return from Abuja Sunday night.

Governor Yusuf has vowed to keep dispensing democratic dividends despite the two unfavourable judgement in a row,.

Governor Yusuf was received by a mammoth crowd as Kano stood still for hours, while he moved to commission the remodelled Accident and Emergency section of Murtala Muhammad Specialist hospital.

He has also vowed that he will appeal against the judgment of the tribunal at the Supreme Court.

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