Kano: CSOs fault Appeal Court verdict

A coalition of 100 civil society and pro-democracy organizations has faulted the Appeal Court judgement that sacked Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State.

Recall that the Appeal Court ordered Yusuf to vacate office while declaring the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna as the winner of the election.

Faulting the ruling, the coalition said the judgement was against the principles of democracy.

Francis Obinna, Convener of the coalition, called on the Supreme Court to set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court.

In a statement he signed, Obinna said: “The Supreme Court, as the highest court in the land, has the responsibility to uphold justice and ensure that the rule of law prevails.

“In the case of the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, the Supreme Court ruled on a similar pre-election matter, providing a clear and decisive judgment. It is puzzling and deeply concerning that the Court of Appeal has deviated from this precedent in the case of Governor Abba Yusuf.

“It Is imperative for us to raise our voices and demand accountability. We therefore call for a thorough and transparent review of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Kano Governorship case. We urge the Supreme Court to intervene once again and provide clarity on this matter, ensuring that justice prevails.

“The Implications of this judgment extend far beyond the boundaries of Kano State. It sets a dangerous precedent that could potentially undermine the integrity of future elections and erode public trust in our democratic processes. We cannot allow this to happen.

“We wish to categorically state it to everyone that the Court of Appeal’s judgment is not only legally flawed but also morally reprehensible. It demonstrates a disregard for the rule of law and a willingness to subvert the will of the people.

“The people of Kano State have suffered enough. They have endured years of hardship and deprivation. They deserve a stable and competent government that will focus on addressing their needs. “

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