Former Commissioner for Rural and Community Development in Kano State, Alhaji Dr. Ilyasu Musa Kwankwaso, has called upon Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) most recent presidential candidate, to graciously accept his election loss. He emphasized that neither a political party’s vehement outcry nor its use of misinformation can act as valid evidence to assure a victory in any court or tribunal.
Dr. Kwankwaso continued, “Some politicians believe that by saturating the media – radio, television, and newspapers – with funded misinformation and inciting political outcry, they can pressure judges into serving ill-informed judgments that could secure them a legal win or petition in a tribunal.”
In response to a worldwide press conference given by PDP presidential candidate Atiku, Dr. Kwankwaso added that judges will never be swayed or confused by political volatility or the volume of circulating misinformation.
Thus, he advised that it’s crucial for respective legal counsels to argue and present solid proof to judges on why their claims are credible, which is the key to winning, regardless of the level of misinformation or public and political discontent.
Furthermore, Dr. Kwankwaso urged Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Governor of Kano State, to concentrate on his appeal against the verdict of the governorship election petition that led to Yusuf’s dismissal. Also, he cautioned against funding fruitless protests and distributing misleading information that would slander the judiciary and the federal government overseas.
His advice came after a protest in London led by Dr. Aminu Bello, where he accused the judiciary of prejudice in the recent ruling against Governor Yusuf.
Dr. Kwankwaso stated, “It’s quite disheartening and tragic that Yusuf’s administration chose to resort to petty slander in distant London through contrived protests in this day and age.”
He went on to say that as an alternative, Governor Yusuf should accept the tribunal’s ruling, which overruled him, as a divine act and start preparing for future campaigns. However, Yusuf appears to be busy squandering the state’s scant resources on a futile quest.
“If you observe the so-called protest, involving no more than ten participants, it’s clear that Governor Yusuf is desperate and disoriented in his quest for power that doesn’t exist.”
Dr. Kwankwaso also observed that Yusuf’s administration is stagnating, pointing out that although Yusuf has the “constitutional right to pursue legal recourse, the evidence that the tribunal used to form its judgment is as forthright as the northern star.”