The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver judgments on several governorship election appeals tomorrow, Friday, January 12, 2024. The spotlight is particularly on the Kano State governorship election appeal.
In addition to the Kano case, the apex court is poised to rule on six other governorship disputes, provided there are no unforeseen changes in the plan. Notably, the Supreme Court had previously reserved judgments on governorship election cases in Plateau, Delta, and Abia States.
The secretary of the legal team for the ruling
New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Barrister Bashir Tudun Wuzirci, confirmed the development to an online newspaper, Newspoint Nigeria, on Wednesday night.
“Yes, it is officially confirmed. They have told us to appear on Friday for the judgement. They told us that each party should not have more than two counsels in attendance.
“This, they said, is because they will be delivering seven judgements on that same Friday,” he said.
Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, and his party NNPP, had filed an appeal against the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which had affirmed his sacking as earlier pronounced by the Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
Recall that the Tribunal had sacked Governor Yusuf and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw his certificate of return and instead issue same to to Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
However, not satisfied with the Tribunal judgement, Governor Yusuf had approached the Appeal Court. But the appellate court had while affirming his sack, further held that the governor was not a member of the party as of the time of the election and could not have been said to have been properly sponsored for the election.