There was wild jubilation in the ancient city of Kano on Wednesday as thousands of residents trooped into the streets to celebrate the victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the Kano state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Miller Road, which reaffirmed his reelection.
The Tribunal declared that the petition of the main opposition the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Abba Kabiru Yusuf , challenging the victory of All Progressives Congress(APC) candidate, Ganduje lacked merit.G
The chairman of the three-member panel, Justice Halima shamaki, in a judgment read for over three hours dismissed the PDP’s petition seeking the nullification of Ganduje’s victory in March 9 and 23 governorship election.
The Tribunal ruled that the governorship candidate of PDP failed to proof his case against Ganduje and the APC in the March 9 and 23 governorship election, beyond reasonable doubt.
The Tribunal also upheld Ganduje’s election, adding that the cancellation that followed the Gama Ward election and others which subsequently brought about the March 23 re-run was not only constitutional, but valid.
Explaining why PDP prayers were struck out, Justice Halima Shamaki, said: “The difference between the outstanding votes at Gama was 128, 000 votes compared to the 26, 000 votes which the PDP governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf was leading on 9 March, 2019.There was need for the election to be concluded through the re-run of 23 March, 2019.”
Shamaki further averred that INEC complied with all laws, guidelines, regulation and the constitution in declaring the March 9 governorship election in the state inconclusive, by reorganizing a re-run.
She said the petitioners did not lead credible evidence to prove their case.
Justice Shamaki insisted that the decision to conduct a supplementary election was not a unilateral decision of INEC, but was brought about by the conducts of the party agents of both parties, including the petitioners.
Reacting to the judgment, Kano state Government in a statement by the former Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba urged PDP to accept defeat and join hands to take the state to the Next Level.
It reads: “The Kano state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday validated the election of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should therefore accept defeat with dignity and shelve any temptation to appeal the verdict of the Kano state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed its case on Wednesday.”
Malam Garba added that the PDP should not waste its time and resources in appealing the case they clearly lost.
He said having been closely observing the tribunal’s proceedings, the PDP couldn’t prove its case and the case was thrown out for lack of merit.
Garba observed that PDP and its candidate have no case to appeal the judgment but to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship and avoid overheating the polity by giving the people false impression that it was rigged out during the election.
The former Commissioner urged people in the state and particularly members and supporters of the APC to remain calm and avoid being tempted to engage in violence as security agents will not allow break down of law and order in the state.
PDP chairman, Alhaji Suleiman Rabi’u Bichi said they will study and review the verdict and make public their next line of action, whether to appeal or not.