The Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for Friday, January 12, to decide the fate of Abba Kabir Yusuf as Governor of Kano State.
Recall that Yusuf, who was elected on the platform of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), was dismissed by the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered by the court to issue a certificate of return to Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the March 2023 elections.
However, Governor Yusuf had appealed to the Court of Appeal as he was dissatisfied with the Tribunal's decision.
However, the appeals court concluded that the governor could not be considered legitimately sponsored for the election because he was not a party member at the time of the election, even if it upheld his resignation.
Lawyer Bashir Tudun Wuzirci, the NNPP legal team secretary, told Daily Trust on Wednesday that the Supreme Court's ruling is scheduled for Friday.
“Yes, it has been officially confirmed. They told us to appear on Friday for the verdict.
“They told us that each party could have no more than two counsel present.
“This, they said, is because they will hand down seven sentences that same Friday,” he said.
Moreover, unless there is a last-minute change of heart, the Supreme Court will rule on six additional governorship cases pending before the Supreme Court.
So far, the Supreme Court has postponed judgments in the governorship election issues relating to Plateau, Delta and Abia State.