The Supreme Court has fixed January 20, 2020, for judgement in the appeal challenging the victory of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje in the March 9, 2019 election.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad who led a seven-man panel of the apex court on Tuesday announced the date.
Ganduje, an All Progressives Congress’ candidate, is challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate, Kabir Abba-Yusuf.
Respondents in the appeal marked: SC/1450/2019 are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and Ganduje.
The Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had dismissed the PDP’s case and ruled in favour of the APC and the Kano State governor.
Not satisfied with the judgment, the PDP and Abba-Yusuf prayed to the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s decision and affirm them as the winner of the governorship election.
Abba-Yusuf was represented at the apex court by Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), who argued that the Returning Officer for the State governorship election unilaterally cancelled the results from 207 polling units.
INEC’s counsel representing, Ahmed Raji (SAN), however, countered the claims, saying agents of the appellant prevented the collation of results from the said polling units.
Also, the counsel representing Ganduje, Offiong Offiong, who aligned himself with Raji’s submissions said an agent of the appellant hijacked results of 62 polling units which he later presented at the Police Headquarters in Kano.
Meanwhile, the court has reconstituted its panel, replacing Justice John Okowo, who was sick on Monday, with Justice Amina Augie.
Other members of the panel are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Uwani Abba-Aji.