The 2023 Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano, has on Wednesday, declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the authentic winner of the 2023 Kano State Governorship election, after cancelling some votes recorded by the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Governorship Candidate and Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, .
The Presiding Judge, Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadabey, said that the margin of votes scored by the NNPP and its Candidate was not enough to give Governor Yusuf victory in the March 2023 election.
It said that some of the votes credited to Governor Yusuf were invalid.
Gawuna according to the Tribunal, won all the three grounds presented before the Tribunal, which included: over voting, invalid votes and not being a member of the party as at the time of the NNPP Governorship primary election.
The Tribunal therefore, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to retrieve the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Yusuf and give same to Gawuna as the original winner of the election.
It declared that the position of the Law states that one must be a bonafide member of a political party before he is allowed to contest an election, while in the case of Governor Abba Yusuf, he was not a member of NNPP 30 stipulated dates before the conduct of the general elections.
After the deduction of votes, Gawuna was declared winner with 897,000 votes, while Governor Yusuf got 850,000 votes.
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