BREAKING: Tribunal affirms Ganduje as duly elected Kano governor, dismisses PDP’s petition
Kano State governorship election tribunal has affirmed the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as the winner of March 23, 2019 governorship election in the state, thereby dismissing the petition of the candidate of People Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kabir Abba Yusuf. The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki, while ruling […]
Kano State governorship election tribunal has affirmed the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as the winner of March 23, 2019 governorship election in the state, thereby dismissing the petition of the candidate of People Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kabir Abba Yusuf.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki, while ruling on Wednesday, on the petition filed by the PDP, on the issue of the election being inconclusive, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had authority to cancel elections where there was crisis and or declare an election inconclusive.
According to Justice Samaki, there was no enough ground to grant the request of the PDP, hence, the need to dismiss its prayers jointly sought by its candidate, Alhaji Yusuf.
He also said that INEC as a constituted authority has the authority to issue a certificate of return to the governor, having won the March 23rd 2019 re-run election.
However, the state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Rabiu Bichi, has said the party will study the judgment for it to know the next line of action to take.
He, then, added that they may likely appeal against the judgment after all necessary steps would have been taken.
Meanwhile, the state government through the former state Commissioner of Information, Comrade Muhammed Garba, has called on the PDP to accept defeat with dignity and shelve any temptation to appeal the verdict of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed its case on Wednesday.
Reacting to the tribunal verdict, the former Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture in Kano State, Malam Muhammad Garba, said in a statement that the PDP should not waste its time and resources in appealing the case they clearly lost.
He said having closely observed the tribunal’s proceedings, the PDP couldn’t prove its case and the case was thrown out for lack of merit.
Garba observed that the PDP and its candidate had no case to appeal the judgment but should demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship and avoid overheating the polity by giving the people false impression that it was rigged out during the election.
The former commissioner urged people in Kano state and particularly members and supporters of the APC to remain calm and avoid being tempted to engage in violence as security agents will not allow break down of law and order in the state.