Supreme Court Affirms Kano Governor Abba Yusuf’s Victory


News Investigators/ The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of the governor of Kano State Kabir Yusuf, setting set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which nullified the election.

In a lead judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the five-member panel of justices, the court held that the Tribunal had no right to deduct 165,616 ballot from Mr. Yusuf’s votes on the strength of the provisions of Electoral Act 2022, noting that the electoral act does not regulate actions at the poll.

The court unanimously held that the lower court misunderstood the import of the purported deduction of 165,616 ballot papers in favour of Governor Yusuf.

Justice Inyang Okoro also held that the issue of Governor Yusuf’s membership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) upon which the earlier judgement was predicated was a pre-election matter.

He said the finding that by Section 177(c) of the Nigerian Constitution and Section 134(1) of the Electoral Act, Governor Yusuf was not sponsored by the NNPP, was not a finding of the electoral tribunal but a mere observation that his name was not contained in the membership list

“This court has consistently maintained that the issue of nomination or sponsorship of a candidate for an election is completely an exclusive prerogative of the political party,” Justice Okoro held.


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