👤 By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
The Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will soon deliver its ruling in the case against the election of the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress.
The challenge against Governor Ganduje comes from Abba Yusuf, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Engineer Yusuf, who is represented by Adegboyega Awomolo, a learned silk, argues that the results of the election does not reflect the will of the people in the state.
Engineer Yusuf polled 1,011,145 votes to defeat the candidate of the APC who scored 963,087 in the March 9th elections.
However, the elections were declared inconclusive and Engineer Yusuf who had a over 26 thousand lead against the incumbent Governor Ganduje, before supplementary elections were held on March 23 in the Nasarawa local government area of Kano lost the election.
The PDP candidate is contesting the result and the decision of the supplementary election. The engineer-cum politician wants Governor Ganduje to be removed from office having not satisfied the requirement of receiving the highest votes in the election.
In a case brought against Engineer Yusuf by a member of the PDP, the judge ruled against Ibrahim Ali-Amin Little.
Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour-led seven-man panel of judges on Tuesday, June 18, like the Court of Appeal, acknowledged Engineer Yusuf’s candidacy and dismissed Mr Little’s petition which claimed that the PDP candidate did not win the party’s primaries.
A lawyer to Engr Yusuf welcomed the ruling at the time, stating in a message from his lawyer Bashir Yusuf, to DENISAURUS News, that it was “an indication that the judiciary are working in Nigeria and that our petition before the tribunal with be dealt with judiciously.”
The opposition candidate is hopeful of a positive result in the Tribunal petition as well.
The petition to the Tribunal brought just four witness from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), despite an expectation of 44 witnesses from the body that supervises elections in Nigeria.
Sources within the agency confirmed that closing the defence witnesses within only two days out of the 10 days provided by the Tribunal became necessary for the fear of unknown.
Justice Halima Shamaki, the Chairman of the Tribunal has explained that he would not condone any delay tactics being used by the ruling party.
DENISAURUS News understands that a ruling on the matter would be made in October this year.
Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa confirmed to DENISAURUS News that the PDP candidate was hopeful of a good result when the judgement is delivered.