Kano Tribunal Vows To Resist External Influence
Umar Ganduje & Abba Yusuf

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 Kano election, Abba Yusuf, on Thursday finally filed a petition against the victory of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The petition filed before the governorship election tribunal is contending that Yusuf won the March 9 election, as such any result other than that was a nullity.

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Yusuf and the PDP are also contending that the supplementary election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was unconstitutional and unlawful.

Speaking to journalists shortly after filing the petition, Yusuf said during the March 9 governorship election, the PDP got the highest votes across the 44 local governments in the state.

“The prayer we are asking is for the tribunal to determine the actual winner in the election that took place on March 9.

“To me as the PDP candidate, the only election that took place was on March 9.”

He noted that the issue of supplementary election as far as PDP is concerned was an illegality ‘which we reject and have nothing to do with That is the content of the petition.”

The petitioner’s Counsel, Maliki Kuliya-Umar, said the declaration of the March 9 election as inconclusive was an opportunity given to APC to rig its candidate back to power.

“We trust the tribunal to do what is right by confirming the election of March 9, as it was the only election recognized by law,” he said.

Umar argued that whatever reason INEC had to declare the March 9 election inconclusive was unconstitutional and not in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.