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Breakinbg: Supreme Court Okays Ganduje as Kano Governor

Nate Nathan

Jan. 20, 2020

The Supreme Court on this morning affirmed Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, as the duly elected candidate in the March 23 governorship election in the state.
In a unanimous judgement read by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on Monday, the court held that the challenger, Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), did not show that the Court of Appeal and the Election Tribunal were wrong in their earlier rulings.
The seven-member panel said the appeal had no merit and dismissed it.
The apex court also struck out a cross-appeal filed by Ganduje, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal had on November 22, 2019, upheld Ganduje’s election, affirming an earlier decision by the tribunal led by Justice Halima Shamaki.
The Court of Appeal five-member panel, led by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the entire petition of the PDP’s candidate and its party for lacking in merit.
The governor had defeated his opponent after a rescheduled election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
On March 24, 2019, the INEC had declared Ganduje winner, saying he scored 1,033,695 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Yusuf, who got 1,024,713 votes.
Dissatisfied, the candidate of the PDP and his party challenged the outcome at the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal.
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