Connect with us


Court reserves judgment in Kano governorship appeal



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal by the Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, challenging his removal by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

KANO FOCUS recalled that the tribunal had on September 20 nullified Yusuf’s election by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid.

The tribunal held that the ballot papers were not signed nor stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Consequently, the tribunal declared the APC candidate the winner of the governorship election.

Dissatisfied with the judgment, Yusuf appealed against the tribunal verdicts and urged the court to set aside the judgment.

At the hearing of the appeal on Monday, the lead counsel for the appellant, Wole Olanipekun urged the court to set aside the judgment of the lower court.

Olanipekun argued that the tribunal has created a new jurisprudence that departs from the precedent set by the appeal court and the apex court with its judgment.

The lead counsel submitted that it was the first time an election would be nullified based on non-stamping and signing of ballot papers.

He also held that the tribunal erred in referring to section 71 of the Electoral Act and citing decisions arising from the section.

According to him, the section cited relates to electoral forms and sum sheets, adding that there was no meeting point between that and the ballot papers.

He also argued that this was the first time that a political party filed a matter without joining its candidate as a party in the petition and the latter was declared winner of the polls.

Olanipekun, however, urged the court not to allow the judgment of the lower court to stand.

In his submission, the lead counsel for the first respondent, Akin Olujuimi, SAN urged the court to dismiss the appeal.

Olujimi said, “Contrary to the contention that the tribunal created a jurisprudence, the decision of this court right from 2009 laid it down under the regulation of INEC has set up what presiding officers are to do at the point of casting of votes. It said signatures and stamps must be on ballot papers with dates. And this court has heard that failure to do this is a clear case of non-compliance. It is not a new jurisprudence.”

He claimed that INEC admitted that the ballot papers were invalid, urging the court to dismiss the appeal.

He also argued that section 71 alluded to by the lower court rather than section 63 should not be a basis for the nullification of the court’s decision.

“The wrong reference to section 71 should not have anything to do with the validity of the decision, ” Olujuimi added.

Responding to Olanipekun’s submission that the candidate was not joined in the case, Olujimi said it is settled law that votes are cast for the party in an election and that any decision affecting a political party embraces all its members.

In the APC’s cross-appeal, Olujimi also argued before the court that the Kano State governor was not a member of the NNPP as of the time he was sponsored by the party.

Counsel for INEC, A.B Mahmoud SAN asked the appeal court to dismiss APC’s cross-appeal, adding that it was lacking in merit.

In a sister appeal by INEC, Mahmoud held that the tribunal turned the election jurisprudence law upside down with its judgment.

“What the court did was outside the scope of the tribunal. The electoral Act does not permit the tribunal to embark on this scrutiny or recount.

“We want this court to correct the anomaly and set the jurisprudence right. I urge the court to allow this appeal as it is preeminently meritorious and set aside the judgment of the lower court,” he added.
Counsel for the APC, Offiong Offiong urged the court to dismiss the appeal.

He argued that a trial court can investigate documents submitted as evidence to it.

The court, however, reserved judgments in all the matters till a date that would be communicated to parties involved in the appeal.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.


KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.


According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).


While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.


You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.


The appointments are with immediate effect.

Continue Reading


Publishing company trains 40 teachers on basic literacy




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Non-Formal Development for Education and Health Initiatives (NDEHI) in collaboration with Ibzaar Publishing trained forty teachers and facilitators on basic and post basic literacy.

KANO FOCUS reports that the two day workshop held at Bayero University Kano, attracted teachers and facilitators from across the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Kano State Agency for Mass Literacy (SAME) among others.

The convener of the programme Dr. Auwal Halilu who doubles as the State Coordinator Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), explained that the workshop was organized to complement the declaration of state of emergency on education by the present administration.

Dr. Auwal Halilu

Dr Halilu, a lecturer with the Department of Adult Education and Community Development stressed that the teachers selected to undergo the training, were expected to cascade the training to forty teachers each.

“It is the first time we are seeing a corporate organization not a development partner or government entity organizing to set aside funds to train teacher for the development of our children’s education,” he said.

In his address the Chairman Kano State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Alhaji Yusif Kabir, pointed out that the state government has set out certain criteria for appointing head supervisors known as school support officers.

Alhaji Yusif Kabir

According to him “teachers that have a minimum of first degree must undergo aptitude test.”

He described the workshop as apt, saying that the intervention would go a long way in improving effective service delivery in the education sector as the government alone cannot do it.

The Acting Executive Secretary of Kano State Agency for Mass Education SAME, Alhaji Surajo Mahe Alkali pointed out that this is the first time they were carried along as a non-formal sector.

“I hope to see the non-formal sector living up to expectations as it is a sector that is key and critical but neglected,” he observed.

The Kano state chairman of the school-Based Management Committee SBMC, Alhaji Tijjani Baraya observed that this intervention is unique as most Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the state were focused on school renovation and providing teaching and learning materials.

Alhaji Tijjani Baraya

“State Basic Education Boards (SBEB) also need similar support as they are responsible for visiting and monitoring schools,” he noted.

Continue Reading


Gov Yusuf assents bill establishing three second-class emirates in Kano State



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


In a significant move, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has assented to the Kano State Emirates Council Bill 2024, which was passed by the state assembly today.


KANO FOCUS reports that this approval allows for the establishment of three second-class emirates within the state.


The governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, made the announcement of the governor’s approval, which took place at approximately 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday at Council chamber of the Government House.


“This development underscores our unwavering commitment to preserving our traditional institutions and cultural heritage, recognizing them as essential pillars of peace and heritage conservation.”


Governor Yusuf also urged the newly established emirates to diligently serve humanity, as the state government to reveal the names of the new emirs soon.


Earlier today, the Kano State House of Assembly endorsed the Kano State Emirates Council Establishment Bill 2024, setting the stage for the creation of three additional second-class emirates.


Championed by Deputy Speaker Muhammad Bello Bututu, the bill aims to elevate Kano’s status to that of a first-class emirate, with Rano, Gaya, and Karaye identified as second-class emirates.


During a session presided over by Speaker Rt. House Jibrin Ismail Falgore on Tuesday, the bill underwent its third reading. The session began at 10:10 a.m. and concluded at 11:06 a.m.


As stipulated in the bill, the newly established Rano emirate will encompass Rano, Bunkure, and Kibiya local government areas.


The Gaya emirate will include Gaya, Albasu, and Ajingi local government areas, while the Karaye emirate will cover Karaye and Rogo local government areas.


The second-class emirs of these emirates will be answerable to the Emir of Kano.


They will possess the authority to counsel the Emir on matters concerning public order, territorial disputes, communal conflicts, and religious affairs within their respective domains.

Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.