In a renewed display of discontent, protesters have taken to the streets of Kano following the dismissal of Governor Abba Yusuf by the Appeal Court. Reports from The Nation on Monday indicated widespread protests in various parts of the state, only to be dispersed by the police.
Chanting slogans in Hausa, the protesters expressed their refusal to accept the court’s decision, declaring, “We will not accept it”; “We will not allow it”; “Kano belongs to Abba”; “Our mandate must be restored”; “Injustice exposed in CTC,” among other rallying cries.
Despite efforts by security operatives to disperse the crowd, the protesters stood their ground, displaying resilience by regrouping whenever dispersed.
The cause of this renewed protest dates back two weeks when the Appeal Court upheld the tribunal’s verdict, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay, which resulted in the removal of Governor Yusuf on September 20, 2023.
The Lower Court had invalidated 165,663 votes cast for Yusuf, who contested under the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), citing the absence of signatures or stamps from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). As a consequence, the Governor’s votes were reduced to 853,939, while those of Nasir Ganuwa, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, remained at 890,705.
Governor Yusuf contested the tribunal’s decision, denouncing it as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice,” prompting his appeal to the higher court. However, the Appeal Court also ruled in favour of his opponent, sustaining the discontent among the populace.
In response to the protests, the Police issued a warning to Kano residents, urging them to refrain from participating in any public procession or protest, particularly in response to the Appeal Court’s judgement. The situation remains tense as the residents navigate the complexities of legal and political developments impacting the leadership of their state.