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KANO JUDGEMENT: A COUP TO DEMOCRACY THAT MUST NOT STAND

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KANO JUDGEMENT: A COUP TO DEMOCRACY THAT MUST NOT STAND

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The National Leader of Rescue Movement For New Nigeria aka Rescue The Vulnerable Initiative, Comrade Faduri Oluwadare Joseph aka Fadojoe, has asserted that the movement is solidly behind Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf as the duly elected governor of Kano State, appealing to the Supreme Court to rescue Kano State as the judiciary is regarded as the last hope of the masses.

Citing the discrepancies between the verbal judgment of the Appeal Court and the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the same judgement, whereas the final verdict of the CTC of the judgment dismissed the judgement that sacked Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP, thus affirming the Abba is the duly elected governor of Kano State, contrary to the verbal judgment that the judges of the same Appeal Court read out

In a statement through his official YouTube channel, the activist said he was so sad as he was making the speech. Because the situation where the judiciary is suspected to have compromised is a coup d’etat to our democracy. “Of note is the recent development in Kano State over the gubernatorial election petition tribunal that have been viewed a coup. And I must commend the people of Kano State for standing by the governor they elected, even Engr Abba Yusuf as they are standing by their mandate. This is what every Nigerian ought to do to fight for the sustenance of our democracy. So that our so called “godfathers” will no longer be able to highjack power.

The US based former presidential aspirant under Labour Party, Fadojoe, added that though he is no longer a member of NNPP where he started his political journey, “but I am glad that His Excellency Senator Musa Kwakwanso was able to deliver his state as the candidate of his party NNPP, Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf won the governorship election.

“It is the right of any other candidate and political party to seek redress before the election petition tribunal if they feel the have facts and evidences that they won, but their victory was manipulated, and the tribunal is expected to do justice. Hence, we have the All Progressive Congress (APC) taking their case over the Kano State gubernatorial election to the election petition tribunal, challenging the result that brought in Abba Yusuf of NNPP.

“But it’s appalling, it’s disgracing and it’s inhumane that the justice system in Nigeria is beginning to have a face that many of us don’t want to see. Whereas we were thinking that the only hope of the common man should be the judiciary. But it’s so sad to begin to witness the situation where it’s as if our judiciary is beginning to bow to the political manipulative power.

Lamenting the obvious discrepancies between the judgement read out by the Appeal Court judges and the verdict contained in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the same Appeal Court, “whereas the verbal judgment upheld the decision of the lower court sacking Abba Yusuf while the CTC of the same judgment contains two different pronouncements as seen in page 67 of the CTC of the judgement of the Appeal Court, with the last two paragraphs and 4th to the last paragraph knocking off APC and clearly dismissed the judgement of the election petition tribunal that sacked Abba Yusuf of NNPP and even awarded cost of N1 million in favour of Abba Yusuf of NNPP, meaning by this statement in the last two paragraphs of CTC of the Appeal Court, the election of Abba Yusuf of NNPP as the duly elected governor of Kano State is affirmed.

Below is the exact quotation from the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Appeal Court judgement from the 4th to the last paragraph

‘In the circumstances, I resolve all the issues in favour of the appellant (Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP) and against the 1st respondent (Nasiru Gawuna of APC).”

Again as if that is not enough the last two paragraphs of the judgement further asserted the above pronouncements as it reads:

‘The judgement of the tribunal (sacking Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP) in petition no: PT/KN/GOV/01/2023 between ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) vs INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC) & 2 others, delivered on the 20th day of September, 2023 is hereby set aside.’

Then the last paragraph corroborate this by awarding cost to Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP, as quoted below:

‘The sum of N1,000,000 (one million naira only) is hereby awarded as cost in favour of the appellant (Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP) and against the 1st respondent (Nasiru Gawuna of APC)’

“Therefore, the questions to the Appeal Court is that can mere typographical error be so consistent in two successive last paragraph as well as another paragraph just in the last four paragraph?

“In my view, and considering the number of people trooping out in Kano State to protest, the number and caliber of well meaning Nigerians lamenting over the decision of the lower court and the Appeal Court, it’s so obvious that Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf is the choice of the majority of Kano State people. And with my entire movement all across Nigeria we are standing solidly with the good people of Kano State.

“Hence, I join well meaning Nigerians to appeal to the Supreme Court to save our democracy, save us this total ignominy and do the right thing without caring whose ox is gored. We are watching and the entire world is watching as well” he concluded.