The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Kano State has nullified the election victory of Yusuf Umar Datti, the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency. The tribunal’s decision, led by Justice Flora Ngozi Azingbe, cited critical reasons for this outcome.
Basis for Nullification: The primary reason for nullifying Yusuf Umar Datti’s election victory was his failure to comply with electoral requirements. Specifically, Datti did not resign from his lecturing position at Bayero University, Kano, within the mandated 30-day period before the election. This failure to adhere to the stipulated guidelines rendered his election invalid in the eyes of the tribunal.
Additionally, Datti was unable to provide convincing evidence that he is a bona fide member of the NNPP, further raising questions about the legitimacy of his candidacy.
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Declaration of New Winner: In light of these findings, the election tribunal declared Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the rightful winner of the election. Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso had previously served as a commissioner during the administration of former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano State.
This decision has significant implications for the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency, as it results in a change of representation at the national level.
The nullification of Datti’s election underscores the importance of adhering to electoral regulations and requirements, ensuring the integrity of the democratic process. It also serves as a reminder of the role that election tribunals play in upholding the rule of law and transparency in the electoral system.