Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and declared the All Progressives Congress winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, winner of the election.
But while his rival and the APC guber candidate, Nasir Gawuna, congratulated him, the party proceeded to court.
On Wednesday, the three-man panel ordered withdrawal of certificate of return INEC issued to Governor Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.
The tribunal deducted 165,663 votes from Gov Yusuf’s total as invalid votes, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.
All three grounds of the petition were resolved in favour of APC.
The grounds are membership of Gov Yusuf of NNPP; non compliance with the Electoral Act and total lawful votes (invalid ballot papers used in the election).
NNPP has opposed the judgement, vowing to challenge it at the Appeal Court.
The judges, who delivered their judgement through zoom, were physically absent in court.