The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has fixed Monday, October 6, 2023, to hear the appeal of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State against the nullification of his election.
Recall that Yusuf had filed an appeal to challenge the nullification of his election by the Kano Election Petition Tribunal and the declaration of Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor.
A three-man panel of judges led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023, by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid because “they were not signed or stamped by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
After the tribunal deducted the votes from Yusuf’s tally, the votes of the Kano governor were reduced to 853,939, 30,000 votes less than the 890,705 votes polled by Gawuna.
Consequently, the court declared Gawuna, the APC candidate, as the winner of the governorship election and ordered the INEC to withdraw Yusuf’s certificate.
In his reaction to the ruling, Governor Yusuf had described the tribunal’s verdict as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice”.
‘Ganduje Left Us With Nothing But Over N500 Billion Debt’ – Kano Govt
The Kano State Government has alleged that the immediate past Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, left the state with a debt burden of over N500 billion.
The State Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, stated this in Kaduna State while chairing the North-West Zonal meeting of the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP).
He said the debt owed by the past administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may be more than N500 billion at the end of the ongoing verification process.
The deputy governor said the huge debt impeded the smooth take-off of the NNPP government in Kano, insisting the total debt will be announced to Nigerians after verification.
He noted Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, is managing the available state resources judiciously to ensure payment of salaries and outstanding issues.