All Nigeria Latest News reported that the Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved judgment on the appeal filed by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State challenging his removal from office.
Wole Olanipekun, the Counsel to Governor Abba during Monday’s proceedings asked that the judgment of the tribunal be set aside.
The senior lawyer while disagreeing on the ruling on ballot papers says this was the first time in history that a tribunal will annul an election over non-signing of the back of ballot papers.
Olanipekun, stated that the tribunal erred. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria argued further that was the first time a political party would file a matter without joining its candidate as a party in the petition and the candidate would be declared winner of the polls.
Akin Olujimi, Counsel for the All Progressives Congress (APC) countered him saying the appeal court noted emphatically that the non-signing of ballots amounted to electoral malpractice.
Olujimi argued that INEC regulations have set out what presiding officers are to do at the point of voting, adding that the back of ballot papers must be signed and dated.
All Nigeria Latest News confirm that the appeal court panel subsequently reserved judgment, maintaining a date would be communicated to the parties.
Recall that a three-member panel of judges led by Justice Oluyemi Osadebay sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023, by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid because they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Yussuf’s votes were then reduced to 853,939 while Ganuwa retained his 890,705 votes.
Governor Yusuf had rejected the tribunal verdict, which he described as unfair and a miscarriage of justice, and headed to the appeal court.