Security stepped up around the Supreme Court ahead of the Kano judgment and six other governorship contests

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex in Abuja’s Three Arms Zone is heavily guarded ahead of the decision on the Kano State governorship election appeal.

According to the Ebantel, the Supreme Court would also rule on governorship elections in Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Bauchi, and Cross River states.

The Kano and Plateau appeals are most likely to be heard because the current governors were removed by the lower courts.

Security guards have been stationed to the Court’s main entrance to prevent unlawful human and vehicle movement inside the facility.

Though only lawyers and parties interested in the case were permitted, hundreds of supporters of the parties attempted to gain entrance to the premises. Even journalists had difficulties making their way into the courtroom.

Recall that Kano State governor Abba Yusuf and his party, the New Nigeria People Party, filed an appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision, which validated his dismissal as previously stated by the Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

The tribunal fired Yusuf and directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to retrieve his certificate of return and hand it to Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, on March 18, 2023.

Dissatisfied with the Tribunal’s decision, Yusuf went to the Appeal Court, but the appellate court, although maintaining his dismissal, ruled that the governor was not a party member at the time of the election.

Ebantel further reports that the Plateau State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Jos affirmed Gov. Caleb Mutfwang’s election. However, the appeals court overturned his victory and declared APC candidate Nentawe Goshwe the winner of the election.

The court ruled that the PDP’s refusal to comply with the Plateau State High Court’s ruling in Jos instructing it to have proper ward, local government, and state congresses before nominating candidates for various elective positions constituted a violation of the law.

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