NNPP Calls for Judicial Investigation into Kano State Election Controversy


Amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding the Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Kano State governorship election, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken a decisive step by urging the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the verdict.

The NNPP claims that a careful examination of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment reveals that their gubernatorial candidate was the rightful winner.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Abba Kawu Ali, the national chairman of NNPP, asserted their commitment to pursuing justice through the Supreme Court while simultaneously requesting the NJC to initiate an immediate investigation into the matter.

Ali emphasised their status as an interested party, being the platform on which Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf contested and was initially declared the winner.

The NNPP revealed a surprising turn of events, citing the obtained CTC of the judgment that allegedly favored their candidate.

According to the party, the judgment by Honorable Justice Moore Aseimo Abraham Adumien and two other justices in the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, setting aside the earlier decision of the election petition tribunal.

With the clock ticking for the party to file an appeal within 14 days, the NNPP expressed concern over the delayed acquisition of the CTC, prompting them to sound the alarm.

The party reiterated its determination to seek justice and reclaim the mandate bestowed upon their candidate by the electorate during the March 18, 2023, governorship election in Kano State.

Simultaneously, Governor Abba Yusuf has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge his removal following the Court of Appeal’s decision.

The NNPP, in its appeal, requested the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the appellate court and uphold the portion of the judgment that annulled the decision of the trial tribunal.

As the legal battle unfolds, tension rises in Kano State with both the APC and NNPP scheduling protests for Saturday, November 25, 2023.

The APC, in a counter-rally, asserts that Kano is vast enough for both parties to hold events without conflict.

The APC stakeholders accused the NNPP government of intimidation and threats, highlighting the alleged violent tendencies of the NNPP administration.

The apprehension in Kano is palpable, with concerns about potential clashes between supporters of the APC and NNPP during the scheduled protests.

The NNPP’s allegations of threats to judiciary members and the APC’s claims of fear and intimidation contribute to a complex and volatile political atmosphere in the state.

Shifting focus, the Court of Appeal has upheld the victory of Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya in Gombe State, dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Similarly, the Court of Appeal set aside the judgment of the election petitions tribunal in Nasarawa State, reaffirming Governor Abdullahi Sule as the duly elected governor.

While the PDP in Nasarawa State expresses dissatisfaction with the Court of Appeal’s decision, Governor Sule sees the verdict as a victory for democracy.

The PDP plans to file an appeal with the Supreme Court, asserting that the decision does not align with the facts presented during the tribunal proceedings.

Governor Sule, on the other hand, urges unity for the development of the state, emphasizing the need for all parties to work together.

Source: Leadership News

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