BREAKING: Supreme Court affirms Ganduje, Tambuwal as duly elected governors
The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state.
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Yusuf challenging the election of Governor Ganduje for lacking in merit.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 election in Kano State inconclusive, which led to the supplementary election held on March 23.
Similarly, the Supreme Court also upheld the election of Aminu Tambuwal as duly elected Governor of Sokoto State.
In a judgment read by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, the justices dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Ahmad Aliyu for lacking in merit.
On Nov. 22, 2019 a five-man panel of the Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Usaini Murkhtar, dismissed the appeals.
The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019 dismissed the petition against Tambuwal.
But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) had appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over voting and other irregularities.
The Appeal Court ruled that the appellant failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby dismissed the case.