S’Court: Kano NNPP holds prayer, Kwankwaso hopes for justice

 A former governor of Kano State and chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will deliver justice in the Kano State governorship election matter currently before it.

Kwankwaso made the remarks on Monday shortly after a prayer session held at his Miller Road residence in the Kano metropolis.

The prayer session was organised by the state government to ensure peace prevails in the state as well as to pray for the victory of Governor Abba Yusuf as the Supreme Court reserved judgment in the election case.

He said indications had shown that the Supreme Court judges were men of integrity who would do anything to ensure justice and fairness.

He said, “The unfortunate development over the governorship seat in the state will never deter them (the government) in any way but we will continue to pray for the right thing to be done at the court.”

Kwankwaso added that those at the helm of affairs must be reminded that justice is a panacea for progress while its absence will bring about chaos and disorder which will prevent meaningful development.

He added, “The mammoth crowd that poured out yesterday to welcome back Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is a clear indication that the people of the state voted for him, believe in him and are strongly behind him to deliver their mandate.”

He said the drama from the tribunal to the Court of Appeal was an embarrassment and a move to truncate democracy in Nigeria “which all and sundry must work hard to prevent.”

The former governor further applauded the NNPP legal team for doing a wonderful job, praying that the Supreme Court judges would be allowed to dispense justice without using the federal might and other apparatus to intimidate them.

(Punch)

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Appeal Court Judgement: NNPP targets violence with protests in Kano – APC alleges

The All Progressive Congress, APC, in Kano, has accused the New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP of trying hard to create tension and set peaceful Kano ablaze through a series of sponsored failed protests.

The APC also accused the NNPP of violating the Peace Accord signed at the Police Headquarters by sponsoring protests in the city.

Dr Musa Kwankwaso, a staunch member of the APC and a former House of Representatives candidate from Madobi, Kura, Garun Mallam, said while speaking to newsmen, Wednesday, that the NNPP is using protests to create unnecessary tension where there is none.

He said it has become pertinent to draw public attention to the activities of the NNPP to cause chaos following the sack of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

He reminded that, “We are all aware that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the March 18th 2023 Governorship Election by the Elections Petitions Tribunal and Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna announced as the duly elected Governor of Kano State, the same judgement is reaffirmed by the Appeal Court in addition to the judgement declaring Abba Kabir Yusuf as not being a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) when he contested for Governorship of the state.”

”But unfortunately, not happy with the judgement, the NNPP and the Kwankwasiyya Movement have engaged in massive propaganda thereby insulting the judiciary and trying to instigate political violence in Kano.”

“They have spread false claims that Kano state is facing serious tension by funding patches of protests and rallies across the metropolis, this is in violation of the Peace Accord that was signed at the Police Command recently, part of which has banned such public assemblies.”

“I wish to state in clear terms that the peace and tranquillity enjoyed in Kano, with everyone going about his daily business, is a testament that it is not true that there is any tension in the state, it is the sponsored protests that are used to falsely create a picture of crises in the state,” he added.

“In the meantime, the NNPP is wasting Kano’s meagre resources chasing shadows by taking political issues of the country that are rooted in the Nigerian Laws to ECOWAS, EU, US and other places instead of waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court of the land.

“The worst part of this is that the NNPP is not allowing the teeming masses to rest again, after demolishing their billions of Naira worth of property illegally, they are now sponsoring innocent youths to cause tension and chaos in the state”.

He warned that the Kano people cannot be cajoled using sponsored protests because they believe that it is Allah who gives power to whom he wishes and takes it from whom he also wishes.

“The people of Kano are with APC and with Gawuna and Ganduje. We won the election and the court detected the invalid votes they mischievously placed during the polls and cancelled them, all the protests they are staging are fake and with the deliberate intention of heating the polity and creating undue tension where there is none.”

(Daily Post)

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Tension doused as APC, NNPP supporters suspend planned protest in Kano

Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC and New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP who planned to stage a protest in the ancient city of Kano on Saturday shelved the protest.

It was gathered that the supporters had planned to stage street protests on Friday 24th and Saturday, 25th November 2023 against the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict.

Our correspondent, who monitored the situation in the state gathered that none of the protesters embarked on any form of protest in the state.

Our correspondent also observed the heavy presence of security deployed in strategic areas of the state to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, officials of the political parties have disassociated themselves from the planned protest as they said they were not aware of the arrangement.

The NNPP party chairman in Kano, Hamisu Dungurawa said they were not aware and not party to any riot or protest in the state.

“We are the govt, we are in charge of security, we don’t have anything to harm the state because we don’t have any other place other than Kano. Our governor is peace-loving and law-abiding. You can see how the Governor is busy providing palliatives to ease lives, the health among others.

“We are doing everything to ensure the state is safe and calm,” Dungurawa said.

On the other hand, an official of the All Progressives Congress, APC said the police had banned the protest.

Efforts to reach the State Public Relations Officer, All Progressives Congress, Ahmad Aruwa failed as he could not be reached.

However, the spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna commended the organizers of the planned protest and supporters of the political parties for heeding to warning by the police not to embark on street protest that could trigger violence in the state.

SP Haruna said the police have embarked on rigorous patrol raid of hide out and visibility policing will continue throughout the state to ensure a serene atmosphere for all.

He also said the police will not relent in maintaining the momentum to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the residents in the state.

(Vanguard)

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Only S’Court can correct judgment errors, Olanipekun replies A’Court

Counsel for the Kano State chapter of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has said the Court of Appeal lacked the power to make changes to the Certified True Copies of its judgment.

Confusion had trailed the judgment of the court which sacked the state governor, Abba Yusuf, following the discrepancies between what was read out in the open court and the contents of the CTC of the judgment.

The Chief Registrar of the Appeal Court, Umar Bangari, stated on Wednesday that the mix-up in the CTC was a clerical error.

He, however, noted that Order 23 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal Handbook empowers the court to correct any clerical error once detected by the court or any of the parties in the matter.

Reacting to a letter by the Deputy Chief Registrar addressed to his chambers, Olanipekun said only the apex court can hear any application for correction of errors.

It partly read, “Function of the Court: Assuming without conceding that the judgment has some errors, whether typographical or otherwise, we humbly and dutifully draw your attention to the fact that the Court of Appeal became functus officio in the matter on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

“Any application for correction of errors can only be entertained by the Supreme Court. Section 285(7) of the Constitution earlier referred to becomes very handy and imperative to the effect that the Court of Appeal cannot take any further step in the appeal or subject after the expiration of 60 days.

“We are not aware that any of the parties have applied to correct any error. Even at that, judicial precedents are countless as to the procedure to follow and which court has jurisdiction to take such an application after the expiration of the 60 days mandatorily benchmarked by the Constitution.”

(Punch)

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Kano guber: Court of Appeal upheld Abba Yusuf’s Election, says Falana

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has contradicted the widely held belief that Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, was removed from office.

Falana asserted that the Court of Appeal in Abuja actually upheld Yusuf’s election, overturning the lower tribunal’s ruling.

Speaking on Arise News Primetime Show, Falana revealed that he examined the Certified True Copy of the judgment, expressing his dismay at the contradictions.

According to Falana, the majority judgment set aside the lower court’s decision, awarded costs in favour of Yusuf, and granted all the reliefs sought by the governor.

Falana, further called for a return to the recommendations of the Justice Uwais Electoral Committee, and emphasized the need for a common standard to ensure elections reflect the will of the people.

The lawyer also criticized the practice of holding individuals accountable for the errors of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, calling for the establishment of an Independent Electoral Offences Commission.

He proposed the unbundling of INEC to focus on conducting elections, with a separate commission for electoral offences and political party regulation.

(Daily Post)

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Kano election judgement: ‘Appeal Court to explain error in CTC’ – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it is not in a position to provide an explanation for the errors contained in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Kano governorship election judgement.

DAILY POST reports that last Friday’s verdict indicated that the appellate court upheld the decision of the tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State. However, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Isa-Dederi, argued that the CTC of the judgment showed that Yusuf’s victory at the poll was affirmed by the appeal court.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the National Legal Adviser of APC, Prof. Abdulkareem Kana, said the ruling party has not received the Certified True Copy of the judgement.

Kana noted: “We woke up this morning and we were confronted with media reports from different news outlets, mostly print media, and a few social media posts where the controversy was identified in the released Certified True Copy of the judgement of the Court of Appeal that was delivered on the 17th of November 223 here in Abuja.

“However, those of us who are lawyers know that typographic errors often occur in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of court judgements. Ordinarily, there wouldn’t have been confusion if it was probably not a political matter, because it will not be the first time such typographic mistakes will be seen in judgement, and as lawyers, we have been used to a situation like this. All that is done is to merely correct that mistake. The most important thing is a judgement that was read in open court.”

The legal adviser stressed that the onus lies with the Appeal Court to provide an explanation for the errors contained in the CTC of the judgement.

Kana added that they would write and get a copy, saying that if the copy that would be conveyed to them still contains an error, the party would take steps to ensure the correction is made.

He emphasised that the merits and other facts of the judgement of the tribunal, which was delivered on September 28, indicated that the appeal was upheld.

Kana noted: “And then, if you read through the entirety of the judgement from lead justice, my Lord analysed the submissions of different cited cases and the case and arrived at appropriate findings. It gives you an idea of what the conclusion should be. But that’s not all. If you read the concurring judgement by two justices because there are three judges who sat over the appeal, the two justices had explained and clarified their positions.”

Kana explained that in a situation like this, lawyers engage in what is called community reading of the entire judgement to see what exactly the court finds.

He stated: “So, I don’t think the explanation needs to come from us. But for us, we can only render our own perspective as a party to the entire uproar that is going on.

“But as to the explanation as to where the error happened in the cause of typing the judgement, it is for the court to provide an explanation and I’m sure the court will have done that by now by taking the necessary measures to issue a fresh CTC with respect to an appropriate judgement of the court.”

(Daily Post)

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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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Plot to remove me targeted at Kwankwaso — Kano gov

The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has said that the ongoing legal battles surrounding his tenure are not merely personal attacks but rather attempts to undermine the political legacy of his mentor, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

He stated this late Sunday during a stakeholders meeting of the Kwankwasiyya movement and other party supporters in Kano.

Yusuf who spoke at length for the first time since the appellate court affirmed the judgement of the tribunal that sacked him, said, “All his political travails including his losses at the Elections Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal are targeted attacks against his mentor and political godfather, Eng. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.”

The meeting, which was held at the instance of Kwankwaso, also had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdussalam, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ismail Falgore; federal lawmaker for Kiru/Bebeji constituency, Abdulmumin Jibrin Kofa, leaders of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Kano State cabinet members and top government officials.

“We are going to continue working under his (Kwankwaso) guidance and leadership to do the needful, God willing,” Yusuf declared, emphasising his unwavering loyalty to his political mentor.

The governor expressed his deep gratitude to Kwankwaso, acknowledging his pivotal role in shaping the political landscape of Kano.

“Even if the world says they are not going to give us anything because of his (Kwankwaso) vision, we are not going to turn our back on him and his vision,” he asserted.

In a message to his supporters, Yusuf urged them to remain steadfast and avoid engaging in divisive rhetoric. “We must not exchange bitter words with anyone but to channel our energy to motivating Kano people,” he advised.

Yusuf reaffirmed his commitment to the people of Kano, pledging to continue the people-centered projects he has initiated, including initiatives focused on women’s and children’s welfare, as well as payment of outstanding backlogs of pension and gratuity entitlement.

(Punch)

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Kano A’Court verdict: We’re challenging ‘robbery’ at Supreme Court — Gov Yusuf

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has described the Appeal Court judgment, sacking him from office as robbery, saying he would challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.

He said his lawyers have been instructed to approach the apex court to reclaim his “stolen’’ mandate.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, last Friday, nullified the election of Governor Yusuf.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel, held that Yusuf was not a valid candidate in the gubernatorial election held in the state on March 18, 2023.

It maintained that evidence that was adduced by the parties established that Governor Yusuf was not a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, at the time the election was held.

But the governor, while reacting to the development in a video, said

 the people of Kano were robbed of their mandate.

His words: “We believe the judgment was unjust to us. Because we know the people of Kano came out en masse to vote for us.

“We are optimistic that the Supreme Court would return our stolen mandate and address the unjust melted on us.

“I want to assure the people of Kano that it is a temporary matter and in no distant time, the Supreme Court will reclaim our mandate.

“We will not be deterred from the good work we have started in the state.

“We call on people of the state to go about their normal activities as security personnel are on the ground to protect them.’’

(Vanguard)

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A’Court verdict on Kano guber: ‘Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 now certain’ – Reno Omokri

Socio-political activist Reno Omokri has said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 is now certain, following the removal of Abba Yusuf as the Kano State governor.

NEWS FLASH reported earlier on Friday that the Appeal Court ruled that Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State was not a member of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) at the time the elections were conducted.

Yusuf won the election on the platform of the NNPP but the court upheld the position of the governorship election tribunal, which ruled that the governor is not qualified to contest for the seat.

The judges further stated that the tribunal was wrong not to have disqualified the appellant, Governor Yusuf.

Omokri wrote: “The sacking of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano by the Court of Appeals has made Bola Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 more certain.

“Why? Because Kano has the highest registered voters of any state and will give at least two million votes to presidential candidates in 2027. Sadly, whoever is governor tends to direct where those votes go.

“If the NNPP and Labour Party know what is good for them, they should merge with the PDP, as Waziri Atiku suggested. Because if they do not merge, then Tinubu will re-emerge. It is just common sense. Although common sense is not so common in Nigerian politics!”

(Daily Post)

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