The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the election of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State.
Today’s Appeal Court judgement comes after a three-man Governorship Election Petition Tribuna, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay, sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023, by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid.
The court said the votes for the NNPP candidate were invalid because they were neither signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Governor’s votes were then reduced to 853,939 while those of Nasir Ganuwa, his All Progressives Congress (APC) contestant remained at 890,705.
On November 6, 2023, the higher court reserved judgment in the appeal by Governor Yusuf.
Governor Yusuf, dissatisfied with the judgment, appealed against the tribunal verdict and urged the court to set aside the judgment.
The appellate court thereafter fixed Monday, November 6, to hear the appeal filed by Yusuf challenging the nullification of his election by the Election Petition Tribunal in his state.
The notice of the suit with case no CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023 is slated for hearing as counsels to both parties fully prepare for the legal tussle.
Parties in the suit included Yusuf and his party, NNPP, as well as the opposition, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Yusuf and his party, NNPP, appealed the tribunal’s judgement, asking that it be upturned in their favour.
That quest ended today with the Appeal Court ruling against the NNPC flag-bearer and his party.