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Appeal Court sacks Yusuf as Kano Governor, uphold tribunal ruling in favour of Gawuna

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The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, on Friday, sacked Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

Yusuf of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) was declared the winner by the Independent National Electronic Electoral Commission (INEC) with 1,019,602 votes, surpassing Nasiru Gawuna’s 890,705 votes.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) took the outcome of the March 18, 2023 election to the Tribunal, alleging electoral malpractice.

Subsequently, a three-man panel, including Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay, along with two other judges, removed Yusuf from office on September 20, 2023, after declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid due to the lack of signatures or stamps from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

As a result, the governor’s votes were reduced to 853,939, while Gawuna’s 890,705 votes remained.

Yusuf rejected the Tribunal’s decision, calling it “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice,” and appealed the ruling.

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