Supreme Court affirms Ganduje, Tambuwal as Kano, Sokoto govs – Independent Observers

Supreme Court affirms Ganduje, Tambuwal as Kano, Sokoto govs

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By Andy Chukwu

The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the 2019 election of Abdullahi Ganduje, as the Governor of Kano State and Aminu Tambuwal as the governor of Sokoto State.

A seven-man panel for the Kano case led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s Abba Yusuf to challenge the victory of Ganduje, the Kano State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Justice Sylvster Ngwuta, who delivered the lead judgment of the apex court, held that Yusuf failed to demonstrate any cogent reason to warrant the setting aside of both the judgments of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal which had both affirmed the victory of Ganduje and his party, the All Progressives Congress in the election in the state.

 In the Sokoto State case, the Supreme Court affirmed that Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the valid winner of the last governorship election in the state.

A seven-man panel of justices of the court headed by Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed an appeal by Ahmed Sokoto, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court held that the appellant failed to adduce any credible evidence to prove his petition against the outcome of the governorship election.

Justice Musa Abba-Ajji who delivered the lead judgement noted that whereas the appellant produced 12 witnesses before the tribunal, 11 of them made their statements in the Hausa language while the English version was tendered in evidence.

It held that the appellant failed to tender the original version of the statements he tendered in evidence and also failed to produce the translator to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the 11 statements. Besides, the apex court held that the appellant was unable to prove that the election was invalid by virtue of non-compliance with the Electoral Act. It held that he failed to discharge the onus placed on him by the law, and accordingly dismissed the appeal marked SC/1466/19.

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