The Global News reports that the ancient city of Kano is experiencing celebrations following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the judgments of the Court of Appeal and Election Petitions Tribunal, thereby reinstating Governor Abba Yusuf.

Residents were observed marching through the streets of the state capital, expressing their joy through jubilant activities, singing praises of the governor.

Justice John Okoro, who led the panel, while delivering the judgement on Friday, said the Court of Appeal
was wrong in affirming the decision of the tribunal, which held that Yusuf did not win the majority of lawful votes cast in the governorship election of March 18, 2023.

In determining the case, the apex court raised two issues: whether the lower court was right in deducting 165,616 from the votes the Independent National Electoral Commission announced for the governor and whether the lower court could determine the issue of party membership.

In the judgement, Justice Okoro held that the tribunal was wrong in deducting 165,616 votes accrued to Yusuf in the election on grounds that the ballot papers were not signed and stamped by officials of INEC.

According to him, Section 71 of the Eectoral Act relied upon by the tribunal to deduct the disputed votes does not apply in the instant case.

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