A coalition of 100 civil society and pro-democracy organizations has condemned the Court of Appeal’s decision to sack Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf.
Recall that the Court of Appeal ordered Yusuf to step down from office while declaring All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate Nasir Yusuf Gawna as the winner of the election.
The coalition appealed the ruling, arguing that it violates democratic principles.
Coalition convener Francis Obinna asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision.
In a signed statement, Obinna said: “As the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court is responsible for upholding justice and ensuring that the rule of law prevails.
“In the case of Vice President Kassim Shettima, the Supreme Court ruled on a similar pre-election issue and issued a clear and conclusive judgment. The Court of Appeal departed from this precedent in the case of Governor Abba Yusuf. This is puzzling and extremely worrying.
“For us, it is essential to speak out and demand accountability. We therefore call for a thorough and transparent review of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Governor Kano case. We urge the courts to intervene once again to clarify this matter and ensure that justice prevails.
“The impact of this ruling extends far beyond the borders of Kano State. It sets a dangerous precedent that could undermine the integrity of future elections and undermine public confidence in the democratic process.” . We cannot allow something like this to happen.
“We would like to make it clear to everyone that the Court of Appeal’s decision is not only legally flawed, but also morally reprehensible. It ignores the rule of law and It shows an attitude of trying to overturn the will of the people.
“The people of Kano State have suffered enough. They have endured years of hardship and poverty. They deserve a stable and competent government focused on addressing their needs. should be given.