There has been a heavy security presence as the Kano Governorship Election Tribunal is set to give verdict on the petition challenging the election of Abba Yusuf as the governor of the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a suit challenging the electoral triumph of Governor Yusuf of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP), stemming from the election held on March 18th.
Among various claims, the APC contends that the NNPP’s victory should be nullified, citing violations of the Electoral Act of 2022.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in March 2023 declared Abba Yusuf, the candidate of NNPP winner and returned elected, having poll 1,019,602 votes to defeat Nasiru Gawuna of the APC who scored 890,705 votes.
Meanwhile, as judgment is set to be delivered today, Wednesday, September 20, 2023, access to the court premises is strictly limited, with only a select few journalists granted entry.
Also, mobile phones are prohibited within the courtroom.
Kano state Commissioner of Police, Usaini Muhammed Gumel, said only 50 people were given access.
The CP said it is the tribunal that limited the number to enter the court.
According to him, “Since yesterday, we called the tribunal Secretary to hear arrangements for the sitting, where they informed us that only 50 people would be allowed in.
“The number includes the judges, lawyers of the two parties and their members, journalists and the media. So it is not the police that limited the number.”