The Court of Appeal is expected to deliver judgements on the Kano gubernatorial election dispute before the end of the week.
It would be recalled that the Kano Sate election petitions tribunal, sacked the Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and ordered Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be sworn in instead.
But Yusuf rejected the tribunal ruling and appealed to the Appeal court for redress.
Both parties have expressed optimism of carrying the day at the appellate court that was yet to fix a definite date for the delivery of judgment.
According to the Chairman of the NNPP in Kano, Hashim Sulaiman Dungurawa, his party will upturn the state tribunal judgment against Yusuf at the appeal court, premising hs optimism that “all stakeholders in the legal system have faulted the decision.”
The state APC is beating its chest to make the day according to an aide to the APC governorship candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, Hassan Fagge who said, “Based on the evidence presented before the tribunal and its subsequent judgement, victory is ours by the grace of God at the Court of Appeal.”
Though the prompting Yusuf to approach the Court of Appeal for redress.
Also, the court will determine the governorship tussle in all Plateau state this week.
The Plateau State case presents some kind of twist as the tribunal had affirmed the elections of Governor Caleb Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but sacked all lawmakers of the National Assembly elected on his party’s platform for lack of structure.
The Zonal Chairman of PDP, Plateau South, Simon Venmak Gomla, said his party will win at the appeal court despite the previous judgement against members of his party.
But the APC spokesperson, Sylvanus Namang, said the PDP should not think of victory as it would be just a self-deception to think they would win.
“There are so many rulings against the lack of structure in the PDP, including the appeal court judgement, and we don’t think it can reverse itself. For that reason, we are very confident that we are going to get favourable judgement at the appeal court,” he said.
Umoru Faruk Salifu