Tribunal sacks Kano Governor, declares APC’s Gawuna Governor

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Kano State Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday nullified the election of Governor Abba Kabir-Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Delivering judgement, the three-man panel, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, held that the margin of votes scored by NNPP was invalid and was not conducted in compliance with the 2022 electoral act.

The tribunal declared Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the March 18 governorship election.

Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the poll in March.

However, today ,the three-man panel, after hearing the petitions, ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return which INEC presented to Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.

The Tribunal deducted 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total votes as invalid votes, stating that the affected ballot papers were not stamped or signed making them invalid.

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