The supreme court is set to deliver judgment in appeals
challenging the governorship election in eight states.
Some of the states are Lagos, Kano, Zamfara, Plateau,
Ebonyi, Bauchi, Abia and Cross River.
The apex court had heard the appeals separately between
December and January.
Political bigwigs including governors and party chieftains
are present in court.
They include: Abba Yusuf, Kano governor who is challenging
his removal by the court of appeal; Dauda Lawal, Zamfara governor; Bala
Mohammed, Bauchi governor; Caleb Mutfwang, Plateau governor and Francis
Nwifuru, Ebonyi governor.
There is heavy presence of security operatives at the
supreme court complex, with police and Department of State Services (DSS)
operatives milling in and around the place.
TheCable observed that those who intend to gain access to
the apex court will have to show a security pass.
The apex court’s decisions on Kano, Zamfara, and Plateau
states are perhaps the most eagerly anticipated, as the lower courts have
already sacked the incumbent governors.
In September 2023, the Kano state governorship election
petition tribunal sacked Abba Yusuf as governor of the state.
The tribunal deducted 165,663 votes from the 1,019,602
recorded for Yusuf because the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped,
signed, and dated as required by law.
The tribunal then declared Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) as winner of the election.
On November 17, the court of appeal upheld the tribunal’s
verdict and added that Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP when he contested the
The court of appeal had equally sacked Dauda Lawal, governor
of Zamfara, and his Plateau counterpart, Caleb Mutfwang.
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