Haruna Isa-Dederi, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Kano state, announced that the certified copy of the Appeal Court Judgement regarding the Kano state Governorship election has confirmed the victory of Abba Kabir Yusuf as the duly elected Governor of Kano state,Daily Trust reports.
During a press conference, Isa-Dederi disclosed that, according to the written judgement, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the Kano election petition tribunal, deeming it lacking in merit. He emphasized that the evidence on page 67 of the Appeal Court judgement, released and signed by Registrar Jameel Ibrahim Umar on Tuesday, upheld Abba Kabiru Yusuf’s victory as the legitimately elected Governor of Kano under the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
On November 17, 2023, the three-member panel of the appeal court dismissed Governor Yusuf’s appeal based on his membership status, subsequently affirming Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 25th, 2023 Governorship poll in Kano.
Isa-Dederi clarified that, contrary to the information presented in court on November 17, the certified copy of the judgement on page 67 indicated the setting aside of the tribunal’s ruling that ousted Governor Yusuf, vindicating him as the legitimate governor of Kano.
In the lead judgement delivered by Justice Moore Aseimo Abraham Adumein, it was stated on page 68 that the live issues in the appeal were resolved in favor of Abba Kabiru Yusuf, the 1st respondent, against the appellant, Governor Yusuf.
The consenting judgment by Justice Bitrus G. Sanga on page 69 affirmed the decision reached by the leading judgment, stating that the appeal lacked merit, dismissing it, and affirming the decision of the trial tribunal.
Despite differing interpretations by NNPP stalwarts and a lawyer who suggested a typographical error, counsel to the APC governorship candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, Sunusi Musa (SAN), deemed the contradiction in the verdict a mere typo, not warranting the level of reaction it had received.