For the sake of Nigeria’s stability and unity, prominent political figures and civil society organizations are pleading with President Bola Tinubu to recognize the results of the most recent Kano state governorship election.
The elders warned Tinubu against taking legal action to overturn the results of the Kano election, which saw opposition candidate Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, during a roundtable discussion facilitated by Chief Oguntade Omolewa of the Forum for National Integration and Development.
In an appeal filed by Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to contest his removal by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, the Court of Appeal located in Abuja is anticipated to rule.
On September 20, 2023, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Oluyemi Osadebay dismissed Yusuf by ruling that 165,663 of his votes were void because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not signed or sealed them.
After that, Ganuwa kept his 890,705 votes while the governor’s total dropped to 853,939 votes.
Omolewa, however, urged President Tinubu to pursue the politics of inclusion and national cohesion rather than separation when she spoke at the ceremony yesterday.
In a similar vein, Tinubu was reminded by civil society activist and former Alliance National Party presidential candidate Moshood Shittu of his own history as an opposition leader who oversaw Lagos State despite PDP’s hegemony at the federal level.
He implored the appeal court to discharge the reserved judgment on Kano with due regard for the national interest and security.
He stated, “We urge for the use of judgment and wisdom in dispensing justice, since we, of course, would not want a political crisis in Kano.
“During the 2023 governorship elections, the people of Kano cast their votes in large numbers in favor of NNPP governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.”