The Supreme Court has declared the election that returned Abdullahi Ganduje as governor of Kano State.
A seven-man panel which was headed by Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, delivered the judgment on Monday 20th January, 2020 after it was postponed from the initial date.
The panel, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abba Kabir Yusuf, challenging the victory of Ganduje.
The justices held that the appeal lacked merit and was therefore dismissed. It was also added that the petitioner failed to substantially prove and provide evidence that there was any irregularity in the election held on 9th March and the supplementary election on 23rd March, 2019.
Recall that media updates had earlier indicated that the exercise was characterised by violence. The foreign observers also condemned the election, stating that it was characterised by large-scale of irregularities and violence.
Before the elections were declared inconclusive after the 9th March governorship election, People’s Democratic Party was leading with 1,014,474 votes, while APC had 987,819 votes.
Though, after the 23rd March governorship election, the total figures for APC stood at 1,033,695 votes against 1,024,713 votes secured by PDP.
This meant Ganduje won with a margin of 8,982 votes. About four (4) polling units were cancelled in Gama Ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area due to incidents of over voting and violence while a total of Two thousand, six hundred and thirty nine (2,639) votes were cancelled.