Ganduje, Yusuf to know fate as S/Court fixes date for judgment

The Supreme Court will on January 20 deliver judgment in the appeal of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abba Kabir Yusuf challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the 2019 governorship election in Kano State.

The seven-man panel of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, adjourned after listening to the lawyers of all the parties in the suit.

Abba Kabir Yusuf had polled 1,014,353 votes against Ganduje’s 987,829 in the polls but the election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) saying the margin between the two is less than the number of cancelled votes in the election.

After a supplementary election, INEC declared Ganduje winner of the election with 1,033,695 votes, while Yusuf had 1,024,713 votes.

The PDP candidate however asked the tribunal to declare him winner arguing that he had won the election at first ballot, but the tribunal decided otherwise. The Court of Appeal had also upheld the election of Ganduje as governor of Kano State, after dismissing Yusuf’s petition as lacking merit.

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