Supreme Court knocks out Yusuf’s appeal against Ganduje

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The Supreme Court has thrown out the appeal filled by the the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Yusuf against the election of Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 2019 election.

In a unanimous judgment, a seven-member panel of the court led by Tijjani Abubakar dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta held, in the lead judgment that the appellant failed to provide any cogent reason to warrant the setting aside of the earlier decisions of the lower courts, which upheld Ganduje election.

The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) had declared Ganduje winner of the election, saying he polled 1,033,695 votes while Yusuf, his closest rival, garnered 1,024,713 votes.

Dissatisfied with INEC’s declaration, Yusuf and his party headed to the tribunal where they sought annulment of the election “on the grounds that there were irregularities”.

However, judgment was delivered in favour of the governor.