Following a Court of Appeal decision dismissing Governor Abba Yusuf, Kano State police have vowed to put an end to any demonstrations there.
Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was crowned the poll’s winner in March by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, he was fired by the state governorship election petitions tribunal.
The Court of Appeal upheld the ruling months after the development. Yusuf was declared ineligible to run for office because he was not listed in the NNPP register, according to the ruling. Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the poll, according to the court, which has stoked tensions in the North-West state.
Police in the state claim to have heard reports of groups organizing a protest days after the verdict but have vowed not to permit them in an effort to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
Husaini Gumel stated at a press conference on Monday in Kano that the protesters’ goal is to shut down the state in an action that could potentially result in state violence.
The Kano police chief cited the NNPP and APC’s peace agreement as justification for preventing their supporters from “any mass action, suggesting preparation for violent protests or celebrations” before the court decision.
“Miscarriage of Justice”
Following the ruling, Governor Yusuf declared the decision to be a “miscarriage of justice,” claiming he would appeal his dismissal to the Supreme Court.
He stated in a broadcast to North-West state residents that “my team and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) have decided to approach the Supreme Court on the miscarriage of justice, delivered by the Appeal Court yesterday in Abuja.”
His party has criticized the ruling as “ridiculous,” just like the governor.
At a Saturday news conference in Abuja, NNPP Acting National Chairman Abba Ali told reporters that the tribunal had unjustly declared the APC candidate—who had never joined the petition—the winner of the election despite the overwhelming evidence presented to it by our team of attorneys.
“Democracy Has Triumphed!”
The Supreme Court, according to the APC, will uphold the decision because it is a victory for democracy.
This is unquestionably a victory for democracy. At his Abuja home, Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC, declared that Kano State had won as well.
Source: Channels TV