Kano Election Petitions Tribunal: Supreme Court reserves judgement in Gov. Yusuf’s appeal

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the Kano State Governor, Abba-Yusuf, challenging the verdict of the Court of Appeal and the State Election Petitions Tribunal that removed him from office. The 5-member panel, led by Justice John Okoro, reserved the judgement after parties adopted their brief of arguments. Recall that on November 13, the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict of the tribunal. In its ruling, the Appeal Court agreed with the judgement of the tribunal, ruling that the fielding of Abba Yusuf was in…

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Election Tribunal: Court reserves judgment in Kano Gov.’s appeal

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved judgement on Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf’s challenge against his removal by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal. Recall that on September 20, the tribunal declared Yusuf’s election illegitimate, ruling that 165,663 of his votes were invalid. The panel ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not sign or stamp the ballot papers. As a result, the All-Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, was proclaimed the winner of the governorship race. Dissatisfied with the judgment, Yusuf appealed against the tribunal verdict…

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Kano: Court to hear Gov. Abba-Yusuf’s appeal Monday

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, has fixed Monday for hearing of the appeal filed by Governor Abba Yusuf, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), challenging the nullification of his election by the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal. This was contained in a notice of the suit, with case no.: CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023. The tribunal nullified Yusuf’s election by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid, saying they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC). Recall that INEC had declared him the winner of the March…

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Adamawa: Tribunal quashes Binani’s petition, upholds Gov. Fintiri’s election

The Adamawa State Governorship Election Tribunal yesterday affirmed the re-election of Umaru Fintiri as duly re-elected Governor of the State in the March 2023 governorship election. After the Adamawa governorship election which dragged into a supplementary poll and some controversial moments, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared incumbent Fintiri, who sought re-election, as the winner. At the end of the drama-filled exercise which ended in April, Fintiri, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 430,861 votes, defeating Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru, of the All-Progressives Congress (APC), who got 398,738…

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Kano: INEC retracts withdrawal notice on governorship appeal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has retracted its steps on the withdrawal of it’s Appeal in the Kano State gubernatorial election petition judgement. Reports early yesterday suggested that INEC had withdrawn its initial letter signifying withdrawal from the appeal against the judgement of the Tribunal. In a letter signed by the head of the Commission’s legal department in Kano, Suleiman Alkali, on Friday said it withdrew its appeal as it had no reason to appeal any judgment. The letter, which was addressed to the Secretary of…

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Kano: NNPP drags Judge to NJC over tribunal judgement

The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has petitioned the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) over uncomplimentary comments credited to Justice Benson Anya against the party and its members while delivering judgement on Kano governorship election petition. Justice Anya allegedly said, “Instead of some Kano politicians being allowed to use banditry and violence to abort democracy in Kano State, justice will be used to stop them from destroying democracy in Kano and upward”. Recall that NNPP lost at the governorship election petition tribunal in the petition filed by the All-Progressives Congress (APC).…

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Kano: Tribunal sacks NNPP’s Abba Yusuf, declares APC’s Gawuna winner

The Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, on Wednesday, sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasiru Gawuna, winner of the March 18 governorship poll. Reading of the judgment was transmitted virtually via Zoom, a teleconference service as the panel members were not physically in court. The ruling came weeks after lawyers of both parties made their closing arguments on behalf of their clients on 21 August. Recall the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared that the NNPP polled 1,019,602 votes…

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Atiku storms Supreme Court, seeks reversal of tribunal’s judgment

The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), Abubakar Atiku, who ran for president during the last presidential election, has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Court, which upheld Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 election on September 6. In the Notice of Appeal supported by 35 grounds, Atiku argued that the tribunal’s findings and judgment in the case challenging Tinubu’s election as president by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), were gravely flawed and constituted a miscarriage of justice. The Notice of Appeal recently…

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Alleged Certificate Forgery: Tribunal sacks Kano NNPP Rep., declares APC winner

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Idris Ɗankawu, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for forging his West African School Certificate, (WAEC), which he submitted for election into the Kumbotso Federal House of Representatives constituency of Kano State. Mounir Babba Ɗan’agundi, of the All-Progressives Congress (APC), who contested against Ɗankawu, had filed a petition, alleging that Ɗankawu presented a fraudulent Secondary School Certificate to gain admission into Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Kaduna. Following the petition, Justice I.P. Chima delivered a verdict that sent shockwaves…

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PEPT: Tribunal judgement may erode progress made in use of technology in elections – CSOs

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room says the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on the 2023 presidential election may erode the progress made in the use of technology in elections. In a statement issued on Friday, jointly signed by the three co-conveners of the Situation Room: Y.Z Ya’u, Mimidoo Achakpa and Franklin Oloniju, the Situation Room said the verdict may present challenges for the innovative reforms achieved through the Electoral Act of 2022. The PEPT had on Wednesday, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the petitions of Atiku,…

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