Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, on Wednesday, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, challenging his sacking by the Court of Appeal last week.
In the notice of appeal filed by the New Nigeria Peoples Party, it joined the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as the All Progressives Congress as respondents.
The document, which lists 10 grounds of appeal against the judgment of the appellate court, sought three reliefs from the Supreme cCourt, as follows, “An order allowing the appeal and setting aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on November 17, 2023.
“An order upholding the portion of the judgment of the Court of Appeal setting aside the judgment of the trial tribunal in petition No: EPT/RV/GOV/11/2023 and making an order as costs in favour of the appellant.Such further orders as this honourable court may deem appropriate in the circumstances of the appeal.”
The Court of Appeal nullified the election of Yusuf by declaring that the non-inclusion of his name in the register of his party held by INEC violated Section 177 (c) of the 1999 Constitution, which required a candidate vying for a governorship position to be a member of a political party.
The ruling was contrary to the opinion of the lower Election Petition Tribunal, which ruled that the court lacked the jurisdiction to determine the membership of a party.
The Appeal Court sacked the governor and declared his opponent, Nasiru Gawuna of APC as the duly elected governor.
In a similar development, Yusuf’s supporters in their hundreds staged a protest in some streets within the metropolis condemning the judgment of the appeal court.