Abba Kabir Yusuf, who was pronounced the victor of the March 18 governor’s election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, has been dismissed by the Kano State Governorship Election Tribunal.
On Wednesday, a three-person tribunal ruled that Governor Yusuf’s INEC-issued certificate of return should be withdrawn.
The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) candidate and Kano Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, had some votes recorded by the tribunal that were later canceled.
The NNPP’s vote advantage was not sufficient to give Governor Yusuf the victory, according to the presiding judge, Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadabey.
The ruling transmitted remotely via Zoom states that Yusuf Gawuna of the APC will now receive the certificate.
Kabir Yusuf’s election, which was contested by the APC, was 60 years old. The immediate past governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who serves as the current APC National Chairman, chose Gawuna as the APC’s candidate in the race.
However, Ganduje’s political adversary, Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former state governor, chose Kabir Yusuf as his chosen representative.
The Electoral Act of 2022 was broken during the election, among other things, and the APC requested that the tribunal annul Kabir Yusuf’s victory in the case.
The petition identified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the NNPP, and Governor Kabir Yusuf as the respondents.
The tribunal agreed with the APC’s claims that there were anomalies and significant violations of electoral regulations during the election when it issued its ruling on September 20.