The Appeal Court erupted in celebration on Friday after a three-man panel of the appellate court affirmed the nullification of Governor Abba Yusuf’s (NNPP) victory in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State.
In a majority decision, the appellate court ruled that the NNPP violated the constitution by sponsoring Yusuf, who was not a member of the party.
After dismissing Yusuf’s petition, the appellate court confirmed the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal’s decision, which proclaimed All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Nasiru Gawuna as the genuine victor of the March 18 election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Yusuf of the NNPP the winner of the March 18, 2023 election, with 1,019,602 votes to Gawuna’s 890,705 votes.
However, in response to the APC and Gawuna’s plea, the tribunal found evidence of irregularities and corrupt activities, resulting in the cancellation of over 160,000 ballot papers on the basis that they “were not signed or stamped by INEC.”
Details will be provided later.