Sacking of Kano Gov Yusuf: Anxiety as Supreme Court Delivers Judgment on APC vs NNPP

Jan 12, 2024 | Entertainment, News

  • The Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on the appeal file over the Kano state governorship election outcome
  • As the apex court prepared its judgment, there was a growing tension among the people of the state over possible violence on the outcome of the poll
  • Because of the tension, the police have banned protests and rallies in the state and have tightened security to forestall possible breakdown of law and order journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Kano, Kano – The Supreme Court has announced it will deliver its verdict on Friday, January 1, on the appeal over the Kano state governorship election rulings.

On Wednesday, January 10, the apex court notified the parties involved in the suit that the five-member panel of court justices would deliver their judgment on Friday.

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Tension in Kano as Supreme Court rule on governorship election
Photo Credit: Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, Abba Kabir Yusuf
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Why is there tension in Kano?

However, there is palpable anxiety and mounting pressure on the state’s people over the judgment expected to be delivered by the Supreme Court on Friday.

This is as supporters of the two parties involved, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), have staged protests in support and against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, according to The Punch.

The Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Kano state governorship election petition tribunal that sacked the governor and declared Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the APC as the state’s authentic winner of the March 18 governorship election.

The NNPP supporters in Kano have continued to condemn the appellate court’s outcome following the controversies surrounding the claim that two different verdicts were given. One was against the incumbent, while the other was in his support.

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On the other hand, the supporters of the APC have consistently commended the rulings of the Court of Appeal as they were in favour of their candidate.

How police putting tension in Kano under control

Ahead of the verdict, the police in the state tightened security to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Mohammed Usaini Gumel, the Kano Police Commissioner, on Thursday, January 11, expressed the readiness of the force to clamp down on anyone planning to unleash mayhem on the state before, during and after the election.

Gumel had earlier banned all protests and rallies and forced the leadership of the APC and NNPP to sign a peace accord. According to The Punch, this was yet to yield results, as violence has been reported in some instances.

Mutfwang, other govs Supreme Court reserved judgment on suit to sack them earlier reported that the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 9, reserved judgments in the governorship election appeals against Governors Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau) and Sheriff Oborevwori of Plateau (Delta), while it has, before now, reserved its judgment on suit seeking to sack Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).

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A five-member panel presided over by Justice John Okoro said parties (Plateau and Delta) would be notified when the judgments are ready for delivery.


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