The Court of Appeal in Abuja has invalidated the election of Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, stating that he wasn’t a legitimate candidate during the March 18 gubernatorial election.
Citing evidence that Yusuf wasn’t a member of the NNPP at the time, the court, in a unanimous decision, ruled him ineligible under section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution.
The three-member panel tribunal, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, held that some ballot papers that were relied upon to declare Yusuf as the winner of the gubernatorial contest, were neither signed nor stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Upholding the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s earlier decision, the court affirmed Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the APC as the valid winner, who emerged with 890,705 votes after the deduction of invalid votes credited to Yusuf.
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