Friday, June 14, 2024

Curfew in Kano as tribunal sacks gov, fears grip other states

Uneasy calm has gripped the otherwise boisterous city of Kano State following the judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal which upturned the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), yesterday.

Following rising tension, the state government imposed a 24 hour curfew on the state. Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who confirmed the development, said the curfew was communicated by government via letter with Reference No: K/SEC/H/435/T.1/153 dated September 20. The curfew took effect from 6pm.

The police boss warned that violators would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law. He said combined security forces have already been dispatched to the nooks and crannies of the state, including the entry and exits of the state and assured that they had mapped out strategies to ensure safeguard the state.

In the judgment delivered electronically via Zoom, the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to   him in respect of the election and reissue a fresh certificate of return to Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tribunal led by Justice Oluyemi Osadebay Akintan held that the name of Yusuf was not on the official list of the party members submitted to INEC as at April 9, 2022. It equally declined to recognise 165,663 votes due to irregularities in their ballot papers.

According to the tribunal, having expunged the invalid votes from the total vote cast, the second runner up, Nasiru Gawuna, won.

In spite of the visible presence and assurances from the security agencies, hours after the judgment, shops, malls and offices across major markets and the axis of Kano were shut while everyone rushed home.

Some of the places where traders suspended activities were Sabon Gari, Kantin Kwari and Singer markets. The biggest shopping mall in the metropolis, Ado Bayero Mall (ShopRite), was shut.

In his reaction, NNPP chairman in the state, Hashim Suleiman described the judgment as unjust and vowed to appeal it.

But National Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Ganduje and Gawuna have hailed the verdict.

Speaking separately to newsmen in Abuja, Ganduje appealed to the people to remain peaceful.

In his own reactions, Gawuna, chronicled his political journey with the APC boss and promised to continue with the blueprint especially the campaign against drug abuse, insecurity, and criminality if he finally regains his mandate.

Mana Balagbogbo
Mana Balagbogbo
Broadcast Journalist with LN247 (Everything Politics).

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