All Nigeria Latest News reports that Abuja Court of Appeal has sacked the governor of Kano State, Abba Kabir.
The court affirmed the decision of the tribunal, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay, which had removed Yusuf from office on September 20, 2023.
The tribunal had declared 165,663 votes of Yusuf invalid on the grounds that they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governor who contested under the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), votes were then reduced to 853,939 while those of Nasir Ganuwa, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, remained at 890,705.
The Kano governor had rejected the tribunal verdict, which he described as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice”, and headed to the appeal court.
During the court proceedings, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, representing Yusuf, requested the setting aside of the tribunal’s judgment.
Expressing dissatisfaction with the ruling on ballot papers, the senior lawyer argued that it was unprecedented in history for a tribunal to annul an election due to the non-signing of the back of ballot papers.
Olanipekun had said the tribunal erred, arguing further that, that was the first time that a political party would file a matter without joining its candidate as a party in the petition and the candidate would declared winner of the polls.
However, Akin Olujimi SAN, representing the APC, countered this argument, stating that the Appeal Court explicitly declared that the non-signing of ballots constituted electoral malpractice.
In its Friday ruling, the Appeal Court declared that Yusuf was ineligible to contest the election as he was not a member of the NNPP.