In a stunning legal development, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has rendered a verdict that reverberates through the political landscape of Kano State.
This ruling has not only changed the outcome of the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency election but also sent shockwaves through the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The election in question took place in the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency in Kano State, where Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, a prominent figure in the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged victorious.
However, this victory was short-lived, as it faced a legal challenge from Yusuf Umar Datti, a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
A three-man panel, led by Justice Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye, meticulously considered the arguments presented by both parties.
In a unanimous decision, the panel ruled in favour of Yusuf Umar Datti, overturning Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso’s victory.
The key contention in this case revolved around the date of the appellant’s resignation from his party and its implications on his eligibility for the election.
The tribunal had previously counted the date of his resignation as the date of his party primary, which, according to Section 77 of the Electoral Act, had raised questions about his qualification.
However, the Court of Appeal panel determined that the tribunal had misapplied the law, asserting that the issue of membership within a political party is an internal matter that falls beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
This decision opens new avenues for understanding the complexities of electoral disputes and party politics.
The consequences of this ruling are significant for the political landscape of Kano State.
With the Court of Appeal’s decision, Yusuf Umar Datti of the NNPP is now declared the rightful winner of the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency election.
This shift in power may have far-reaching effects on the representation and governance of the constituency.