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More suspense as Supreme Court shifts judgement on Kano governorship appeal to Jan. 20

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Governor Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State and Kabir Abba-Yusuf, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 9 gubernatorial election in Kano state will have to wait longer till January 30 to know their fate.

This is as the Supreme, at its resumed sitting on Tuesday fixed January 30 for the delivery of judgment in the appeal brought by the PDP candidate.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Muhammad Tanko fixed the date after the panel of seven justices heard the appeal brought by Abba-Yusuf.

It would be recalled that the election petition tribunal and the Appeal Court had given judgments in favour of Governor Ganduje.

Abba-Yusuf is however praying the apex court to overturn the decision of the tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
The Kano State governorship election matter comprises of an appeal and a cross-appeal.

The main appeal marked: SC/1450/2019 was filed by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Yusuf, while the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) filed a cross-appeal.

The main appeal has the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and Kano State Governor, Ganduje as respondents.

The court had earlier scheduled to seat on the matter and other governorship election matters on Monday, January, 13, but adjourned till Tuesday after one of the panel members developed a sudden illness.

At the resumption on the matter on Tuesday, it was noticed that the apex court reconstituted its panel, replacing Justice John Okoro who took ill on Monday, with Justice Amina Augie.

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However, other panel members remain the same. They are justices Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Uwani Abba-Aji.

The court has risen briefly to return for other governorship election matters.

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