The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has fixed Monday, for hearing of the appeal filed by Governor Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party challenging the nullification of his election by the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal.
This was contained in a notice of the suit with case no CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023.
The tribunal nullified Yusuf’s election by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid, saying they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
INEC had declared him the winner of the March 18 election after he secured 1,019,602 votes against his opponent, Nasiru Gawuna, of the All Progressives Congress who secured 890,705 votes.
However, after the tribunal deducted the 165,663 votes from his tally, his votes were reduced to 853,939, over 30,000 votes less than Gawuna’s figure.
The court declared the APC candidate the winner of the governorship election and ordered the INEC to withdraw Yusuf’s certificate of return and give Gawuna a new one.
Yusuf and the NNPP have since appealed the tribunal’s judgement, asking that it be upturned in their favour.