*Abba Kabir, Ganduje Hopeful
*Supporters Offer Special Prayers
*Buba Galadima Aggravates Suspense
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed today (Monday) for the final determination of the election petition filed by the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf challenging the declaration of All Progressive Congress’ candidate, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the elected governor of Kano State in the 2019 general elections.
The apex court’s inability to hear the adoption of parties’ written submissions last Monday due to an unusual infirmity on the part of one of the justices of the court really set all concerned personalities and their political supporters on the edge.
The court eventually sat on Tuesday and took all submissions, only for it to adjourn till today for its judgement. But the court, on the same day, gave judgement on the petition from Imo State, dislodging the serving governor, Emeka Ihedioha of PDP and declaring Hope Uzodinma of APC victorious.
The Imo upset has occasioned a deep discomfort in Kano’s political atmosphere, especially on the part of the governor’s group. The opposition, on the other hand, saw a glimmer of hope. Abba Kabir and PDP believe strongly that Kano’s scenario is akin to that of Imo, making it very likely to have similar judgement that would hand the mantle of power over to them.
The most outstanding voice to propagate this expectation of twist was that of controversial Buba Galadima, who elaborately argued that it was improbable for the Supreme Court to remove Ihedioha and not do same to Ganduje.
“What has happened is that the Supreme Court has now tied itself because how can they do that to Emeka Ihedioha and refuse Abba Kabiru Yusuf in Kano? It was exactly what had happened in Kano. If an election had to be cancelled, it has to be at the polling unit level according to the Supreme Court. But in Kano, the votes were not cancelled at the polling unit, they were not cancelled at the ward level but they were cancelled at the local level. So, it goes without saying that Ganduje is gone and anything to the contrary, Nigeria will see the fire”, he was quoted to have said.
Reacting to Galadima’s stance, Kano State commissioner for information, Mohammed Garba and his housing and transport counterpart, M. A. Lawan, posited that there was no basis for comparing Imo and Kano. They said Galadima did not have a good understanding of the facts of the two cases.
Their responses sought to douse the heightening tension among their supporters, as Kano became a theater of media political agitation all of a sudden. Local radios became agog with fierce opposing views on the expected judgement.
Earlier, the state attorney-general, Ibrahim Mukhtar, had dispelled rumours of underhand dealings at the Supreme Court, saying everyone should have trust in the integrity of the justices of the court as they do justice to all the cases before them.
On Sunday, a certain Kano State APC Voluntary Organisation Chairman’s Forum circulated an invitation to Ganduje supporters to attend a special prayer session to seek for “victory from Allah”. A video clip was also in circulation showing PDP supporters in a prayer procession, also seeking victory at the Supreme Court.
All eyes are on the Supreme Court today, as Kano State holds its breath to know its governor for the next three and half years.