There is a heavy presence of quick-response armed security personnel in and around the ancient city of Kano, as the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal is set to deliver judgement on Wednesday.
Already, a public warning has been issued that anybody who has no business in the Bompai vicinity of the election tribunal should steer clear of the place.
We observed a show of force by the combined military and police operatives in the state.
The tribunal had fixed Wednesday, September 20, as the day to deliver its judgement on the petition filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC), challenging the election of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The tribunal on Monday announced the date for the judgement in a hearing notice sent to the two parties.
While Kano remains calm and peaceful, supporters of APC and NNPP are eagerly anticipating the tribunal’s judgement.
Supporters of the ruling NNPP have engaged in a week-long prayer session seeking God’s intervention on the verdict.
The state government recently sacked two appointed officials, following alleged “unguided” statements against the judges of the tribunal.
To preempt the breakdown of order, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usuani Gumel, had invited leaders of the two political parties on a peace parley and appealed to them on the need to accept the tribunal’s verdict in good faith and allow peace to reign in the state.
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