Today, the election petition tribunals in Kano and Sokoto states will give judgements in the cases challenging the respective elections of Governors Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) guber candidate in the Kano elections, had petitioned the tribunal challenging the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor. The Justice Halima S. Muhammad led three-man tribunal had on September 18, reserved judgment on the case, until today the 2nd October.
In Sokoto, Ahmed Aliyu of the APC is challenging the declaration of Tambuwal of the PDP as governor. Whereas delivery of judgement in the case of Ganduje and Yusuf, will be delivered in Kano. Meanwhile, citing “security reasons”, judgement by the Justice Abbas Bawale led tribunal in the Tambuwal vs Aliyu petitions has been moved to Abuja.
Police commands in Sokoto and Kano states have beefed-up security around the judgement venues and in hotspots areas in the state and Abuja to forestall any possible security breach during and after the judgment.
Supporters of both PDP and APC, who spoke to Daily Trust expressed confidence that their candidates would have the day at the tribunal. A red cap bearer, Ibrahim Bala, told our reporter that members of the PDP, especially the Kwankwasiyya faithful, had resorted to fasting and prayers for the victory of their candidate, Yusuf.
Supporters of the candidates awaiting judgement today are anxious. They are hopeful and absolutely desirous of the victory of their principals, whether their hopes will be dashed today is only a few hours away.
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