The Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf has alleged that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and immediate-past Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, pressured the President to influence the supreme court verdict but Tinubu did not yield to the pressure.
The Kano governor, in a statement on Sunday by the Director General, Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano, Bature Tofa hailed President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima for not succumbing to alleged pressure to influence the decision of the Supreme Court in the Kano governorship election.
The Supreme Court, on Friday, restored Yusuf’s victory in the March 18, 2023 governorship election, after both the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal had earlier nullified his victory and pronounced Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the poll.
The Supreme Court judgment doused the tension that had built in Kano after the sacking of Yusuf by the two lower courts.
In the Sunday statement, Yusuf expressed his satisfaction with Tinubu and Shettima’s steadfastness in the face of alleged pressure to interfere with the apex court’s ruling, despite strong opposition from various quarters.
The Government House spokesman, in his statement, said, “Referring to the alleged efforts by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to use the Presidency to sway the Supreme Court’s decision in favour of Gawuna, Yusuf said Tinubu and Shettima’s unwavering stance was a testament to Nigeria being in capable hands.”
Furthermore, Yusuf extended an olive branch to his rival, Gawuna, who lost in the Supreme Court, emphasising the need to focus on building Kano now that the political contest is over.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “As a true democrat and progressive, I call upon my opponents and their supporters to join me in the endeavor to develop our beloved state of Kano for the betterment of its citizens.”
Efforts to get Ganduje’s reaction to the claim by Yusuf were unsuccessful as his Chief Press Secretary, Edwin Olufo, told one of our correspondents on the phone: “Let me get back to you. I’ll get back to you.”
He had, however, yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report and did not take further calls.
Also, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Kano State, Ahmed Aruwa, said he could not comment on Yusuf’s claim until the party members met the national chairman.
“We have made the decision (not to attend) to any pressing issue until we meet the National Chairman,” Aruwa said.
He promised to give a proper reaction when the time was ripe.
Meanwhile, the Deputy National Organising Secretary of the ruling APC, Nze Chidi, said Friday’s judgments of the Supreme Court in seven states governorship elections doused tension in the country.
On Friday, the Supreme Court gave final verdicts on the governorship elections in Lagos, Ebonyi, Cross River, Zamfara, Plateau, Kano and Abia states.
The apex court affirmed the lower courts’ judgments upholding the victory of governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Alex Otti (Abia), Bassey Out (Cross River), and Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi).
The court also restored the victory of governors Abba Yusuf of Kano State, Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau State); and Dauda Lawal (Zamfara State), who were earlier sacked by the lower courts.
Reacting to the judgments, Chidi, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said, “In my view, I think it is a moment for Nigerians to be happy. I also believe that it has in a way doused tension in the country. It is not a matter of whether it is the APC, PDP Labour or NNPP. The reality is that as we all know, the final arbiter has spoken in all elections and is essentially commendable.”
Jubilant crowd welcomes Yusuf
The Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, was welcomed back to the state on Sunday by a huge crowd of supporters and members of the New Nigeria People’s Party.
The governor was away in Abuja for the judgment of the Supreme Court on the March 18 governorship poll.
Tension had mounted in the state following the sacking of Yusuf by both the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which both declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Nasiru Gawuna, as the winner of the poll.
The Supreme Court, however, nullified the two decisions and restored Yusuf’s victory.
On his return to Kano on Sunday, he was received by a huge crowd of supporters at Kwanar Dangora amid singing and dancing, having passed through some major towns in the neighbouring Kaduna State.
Yusuf acknowledged cheers from his supporters as his convoy headed to Filin Mahaha in the Kano metropolis to address his supporters.
Meanwhile, Yusuf, over the weekend, appointed three of his predecessors, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, as members of the Elders Advisory Council.
The governor’s media aide, Sanusi Dawakintofa, explained that the council was a newly established organ, constituted by the governor to serve as an advisory body to the state government.
“Kano State has been blessed by Allah, with numerous elders and former leaders, who have not only attained the pinnacle of their careers but have continued to be active and healthy,” he said.
The council, according to the statement, also has former deputy governors, Senate Presidents, Speakers of the House of Representatives, Speakers of the state House of Assembly and their deputies from the state.
Also in the council are retired Supreme Court Justices, retired Appeal Court justices, former Chief Justices of the state, former Secretaries to the State Government and former Heads of State Civil Service, who are indigenes of the state.
In the council are also the leadership of the Ulamas, the business community, traditional rulers, former heads of security agencies from Kano State and other distinguished elders to be identified in due course and appointed by the government.