Appeal Court clears air on Kano guber judgement controversy, cites clerical error

The Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Umar Mohammed Bangari, has cleared the air on the controversies surrounding the judgement delivered by the court on the Kano gubernatorial election dispute.

Bangari, in reaction to the controversies, said that what happened in the judgement body was a clerical error that did not in any way invalidate or change the findings and conclusion of the court.

The Chief Registrar assured that the clerical error would be rectified once parties in the matter file a formal application to that effect.

He drew the attention of the media to Order 23 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal Handbook, which empowers the court to correct any clerical error once detected by the court or any of the parties in the matter.

He insisted that, contrary to insinuations, the judgement of the court remains valid.

“What happened in the part of the judgement is just a mere clerical error that ought not to draw any issue. The court is empowered to correct such clerical errors, which would be done as appropriate,” he said.

There had been misgivings and a series of interpretations into the judgement, which upheld the judgement of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that invalidated the election of Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) as the winner of the March 18 gubernatorial poll.

(Daily Post)

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