Appeal Court Affirms Kwankwaso ’s Election as Senator


The Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna monday affirmed the election of former Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as the duly elected senator representing Kano Central senatorial district.

The court dismissed the appeals brought before it by Kwankwaso’s opponents, Senator Basheer Lado Garba and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lack of merit.

In dismissing the two appeals earlier, Justice Habeeb Abiru of the election petition tribunal, who delivered the lead judgment, maintained that the All Progressives Congress (APC) complied with section 85 of the Electoral Act in giving the mandatory 21 days notice to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the primaries that led to the eventual substitution of Kwankwaso.

Justice Abiru pointed out that the wishes and aspirations of the people of the central senatorial district of Kano State was to have Kwankwaso as the senator representing them in the National Assembly.

The judge described the petition by the PDP and Garba as “meddlesome interlopers without merit having been beaten hands down” by Kwankwaso, pointing out that the appeal was an attempt to use the machinery of the court to get what the appellants could not get through the ballot box.

The decision of the court was greeted by large crowd of APC supporters who jubilated over Kwankwaso’s victory at the appeal court.

Source: THIS DAY

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