The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has withdrawn its appeal against the judgement of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
In a letter dated October 6, and signed by Suleiman Alkali, the head of commission’s legal department in Kano, INEC said it withdrew its appeal as it had no reason to appeal any judgement.
“I have been instructed by the Commission headquarters that INEC as an umpire have no reason to appeal any judgment.
“Consequently, the National Commission In charge if Legal Services and National Commissioner in charge of Kano zone directed that the appeal be withdrawn and all processes for all Appeals should be forwarded to the Kano Office,” the letter, addressed to the secretary of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, read.
On September 20, a 3-man panel sacked Governor Abba Yusuf and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasiru Gawuna, winner of the March 18 governorship poll.
Reading the judgment transmitted a teleconference service, Zoom, the tribunal deducted 165,663 votes from Mr Yusuf’s as invalid, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.