I had no ‘defection’ agreement with presidency over supreme court verdict – Abba Yusuf


Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano, says he did not sign any
agreement with the presidency to influence the judgment of the supreme court.


On January 12, the apex court set aside the judgment of the
appeal court that sacked Yusuf as the governor of Kano.


In a statement on Monday, Sanusi Bature, spokesperson to the
Kano governor, said the judgment was delivered with “equity and fairness”.


Although he did not mention the kind of agreement, there
were rumours that defecting to the All Preogressives Congress (APC) was a
pre-condition to securing a favourable verdict at the supreme court.

“Our attention has been drawn to a misconception making
rounds on social media indicating an agreement between the presidency and
governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the aftermath of the supreme court judgment that
affirmed the mandate of his excellency,” the statement reads.


“I wish to categorically state that Governor Yusuf did not
enter any agreement or condition with anybody before the supreme court
judgment. I therefore urged the public to dismiss the fallacy being
orchestrated by enemies of progress.


‘It is on record that my lord, the justices of the supreme
court delivered a landmark Judgment with justice, equity and fairness and
largely protect the integrity of the judiciary. “


The governor also expressed appreciation to President Bola
Tinubu for allowing the level playing ground for justice to prevail through
non-interference with the judicial process.


“The president is a true democrat who will not undermine
other political parties in the interest of his party,” he said.


“Let me state and emphatically that Governor Yusuf has no
prior agreement with the president.


“However, the president should rather be appreciated for
maintaining neutrality, peace, and stability in Kano.


“No doubt, the refusal of the president to carry out the
wishes of some prominent members of his party has brought about enduring
atmosphere in Kano.


“On this single act, the good people of Kano will continue to
appreciate Mr. President and pray for him to succeed in his administration.”


“The governor had several opportunities to meet the
president in all of his visits, and the discussions are centred around the
development of Kano state.”


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