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BREAKING: Supreme Court Reverses Sack Of Gov Yusuf, Affirms His Election

Abba Kabir Yusuf,


BREAKING: Supreme Court Reverses Sack Of Gov Yusuf, Affirms His Election

Abuja, Nigeria– The Supreme Court has reversed the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which sacked the Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, from office

The Appeal Court had affirmed the judgement of the Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which earlier declared Yusuf’s main challenger, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state.

In determining the case, the apex court raised two issues: whether the lower court was right in deducting 165,616 from the votes the Independent National Electoral Commission announced for the governor and whether the lower court could determine the issue of party membership.

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In the judgement, Justice Okoro held that the tribunal was wrong in deducting 165,616 votes accrued to Yusuf in the election on grounds that the ballot papers were not signed and stamped by officials of INEC.

According to him, Section 71 of the Eectoral Act relied upon by the tribunal to deduct the disputed votes does not apply in the instant case.

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The Supreme court Panel of five Justices, subsequently went ahead to restore the deducted 165,616 votes to reinstate the victory of Yusuf in the governorship election.

On the second issue, the Supreme Court  faulted the Court of Appeal for holding that Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP as of the time he contested the election, adding that the issue of nomination and sponsorship is a pre-election matter and outside the jurisdiction of the court.

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Justice Okoro observed that contrary to the appellate court, the tribunal never held that Yusuf was not qualified to contest the poll but that his name was not in the NNPP’s membership register submitted to INEC.

The apex court, on Friday, ruled that Governor Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was duly elected governor of Kano State

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