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Supreme Court rules on Kano governorship dispute January 20

Supreme Court rules on Kano governorship dispute January 20

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria today fixed January 20 for ruling on the Kano State governorship dispute following the March 9, 2019 election in the state.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, fixed the date for after hearing the appeal by Kabir Abba Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the election, challenging the victory of Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress.
Both the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had dismissed the PDP’s case and ruled in favour of the APC and the Kano State governor.
PDP and Abba-Yusuf approached the Supreme Court praying for an order overturning the lower court’s decision and affirming them as the winner of the last governorship election in the state.
Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), arguing the PDP’s appeal said the State Returning Officer, illegally cancelled election results from 207 polling units in the state, declared the election inconclusive and went ahead to fix March 23, 2019, for a supplementary poll.
But Ahmed Raji (SAN), counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, urged the court to dismiss the appeal, arguing that the results from the 207 polling units were not cancelled by the State Returning Officers.
Chief M.N Duru, Governor Ganduje’s lawyer, also urged the apex court to dismiss the appeal. “The submissions of the appellant were predicated on the wrong premise,” he added.

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