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S’Court verdict: APC denies trading-off Kano

The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, January 14, has dismissed insinuations that it deliberately traded off the governorship seat in Kano State to the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) as part of an arrangement to avert any possible post-adjudication violence that might have greeted its victory from the Supreme Court.

According to the party, what played out at the apex court last Friday was essentially a legal matter decided strictly by esteemed arbiters.

The APC governorship candidate, Nasir Gawuna, was earlier returned as the winner of the March 18, 2023, gubernatorial election by the Kano State Governorship Tribunal, a decision that was also upheld by the appeallate court. 

The Supreme Court on Friday, however, upturned the rulings of the tribunal and the appellate court. 

The Supreme Court declared Abba Yusfu of the NNPP as the rightful winner of the gubernatorial election. 

However, insinuations were widespread that the ruling party, APC, may have deliberately traded off the governorship seat in Kano State as part of an arrangement to prevent any possible post-adjudication violence in the country’s most populous state. 

Nze Chidi Duru, Deputy National Organizing Secretary of the APC, disclosed in an interview yesterday in Abuja that while the party would have loved to win the state, it would continue to respect the decisions of courts.

He said, “The judiciary spoke, and that is why we have the various tiers of the judiciary. You have the trial courts and then you have the Court of Appeal; thereafter, you have the Supreme Court and that is not in any way to denigrate the understanding of the learned justices who were at the various levels of adjudication systems. 

”The trial court appreciated and they pronounced the fact as they understood it and the same thing happened when they went to the Court of Appeal. It was also basically to that extent they appreciated the matter, and those in the final court saw it differently and then, of course, pronounced judgment based on the facts before them.”

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