Appeal Court confirms Governor Ganduje winner of Kano election

By Acheme Jack, Kano

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Five-member panel led by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, in a unanimous judgment has re-affirmed Abdulahi Ganduje as the duly elected Governor of Kano State.

The panel dismissed the 24 grounds of appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its Governorship candidate, Abba Kabiru Yusuf.

The Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna State north western Nigeria in its ruling said that “the appellants failed to prove that there was over-voting, violence, and non-compliance with the electoral act 2010 as amended.”

The other judges include Justice Tijjani Abubakar, Paul Elechi, Muhammad Mustapha, G.O. Kolawole and Abubakar Umar.

The Appeal Court upheld the earlier ruling of the Electoral Tribunal that sat in Miller Road, Kano state headed by Justice Halima Shamaki, which validated the main election held by INEC on the 9th February and the re-run election held on the 23rd of March.

In October, the Tribunal had dismissed the petition for lack of proof but the PDP and its Governorship candidate, Abbah Yusuf appealed the judgment.

In a reaction to the Court Judgment, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba said;  “we welcome the judgment of the Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna with happiness.”

According to him, It is a confirmation that the gubernatorial election in Kano was conducted and the people’s Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje emerged victorious.

“I wish to advise the PDP and its candidate to accept defeat in good faith, and join hands with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to take Kano State to the Next Level.

“As you can see, the people are very happy; and we wish to reinstate our commitment to build on the tremendous achievements so far recorded in Kano,” the Commissioner said.

In another reaction via a signed statement, Sanusi Dawakin Tofa, the spokesman of the PDP candidate, said the party was studying the judgment.

“When we finish studying the judgement, we will take a decisive action as appropriate to ensure retrieval of the stolen mandate.
 
“We will not relent on our efforts to secure justice and fairness to the electorates, who were out massively to cast their votes on Saturday, 9th March, 2019 and those that were harassed, intimidated, maimed, killed or disenfranchised during the March 23rd supplementary elections.
 
“We want to use this opportunity, to appreciate our teaming supporters who have been praying intensively for our success in this legal battle, while reminding them on the need to remain calm as we have no state other than Kano, the peace of our dear state is paramount,” he said.

Tofa said; “We have hope in the judiciary, though that does not mean we will not face hiccups in the judicial process, therefore the struggle is now at the most critical stage.”

He stressed that the struggle would continue on a higher momentum but was shot of declaring their intention to approaching the Supreme Court, the highest court in Nigeria for the final judgment.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere