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Supreme Court Reinstates Overrules Vote Deductions & Party Membership Concerns As Kano Gov. Yusuf Stays

Boom RadioNG | January 12, 2024

In a dramatic turn of events, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has reinstated Abba Yusuf as Governor of Kano State, reversing the decisions of both the Court of Appeal and the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal. The apex court ruled that the lower courts erred in deducting votes and questioning Yusuf’s party membership, ultimately upholding his victory in the March 18, 2023, election.

The controversy stemmed from two key issues:

  • Disputed Votes: The lower courts had deducted 165,616 votes from Yusuf’s total, citing irregularities with the ballot papers. However, the Supreme Court disagreed, finding that Section 71 of the Electoral Act did not apply in this instance and reinstated the deducted votes.
  • Party Membership: The Court of Appeal had questioned whether Yusuf was a bona fide member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) at the time of the election. However, the Supreme Court ruled that this was a pre-election matter outside the jurisdiction of the courts. They clarified that the tribunal had not disqualified Yusuf but simply noted his absence from the NNPP membership register submitted to INEC.

Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State

Justice Okoro, delivering the lead judgment for the five-member panel, declared the lower courts’ rulings “perverse” and restored Yusuf’s electoral victory. This decision solidifies his position as Governor of Kano State, bringing a significant conclusion to a highly contested election process.

Written by Boom RadioNG


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