Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf

A total of 200 lawyers have offered their voluntary services to represent the Governor of Kano at the Supreme Court.

 

Over 200 private legal practitioners hailing from the 19 Northern states have volunteered to support Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf in his appeal case regarding the governorship election at the Supreme Court. The group, known as the Abba Kabir Yusuf Volunteer Lawyers Forum For The 19 ā€“ Northern States And Abuja, conveyed their commitment at a press briefing held at Arewa House in Kaduna on Sunday. Spokesperson Yusuf Ibrahim emphasized the importance of preserving a multi-party system in Nigeria’s democracy and expressed concerns about the independence of the judiciary.

The lawyers asserted that adherence to the rule of law is crucial to ensure the fair representation of every Nigerian’s vote in elections. They demonstrated solidarity with Governor Yusuf, considering the Appeal Court’s decision in favor of the All Progressives Congress as a miscarriage of justice. The legal practitioners volunteered to participate in the litigation process at the Supreme Court, aiming to uphold what they believe is the truth in reclaiming the mandate of Governor Yusuf and the people of Kano State.

The group also called for a comprehensive revision of the Electoral Act, highlighting the need to address anomalies in the judicial system and democracy. They argued that pre-election matters should no longer be litigated after declaring the election winner, suggesting that, in cases of dispute, a re-run should be ordered in affected areas. The lawyers expressed concern that unchecked trends could lead to a diminished role for the general electorate in open balloting and vote casting.

Urging the Supreme Court to resist external interference, the lawyers emphasized the importance of protecting the judiciary’s image and upholding the rule of law. They expressed optimism that the Supreme Court would deliver judgments based on merit and without bias, considering the recent judgments and their impact on the legal landscape. Responding to questions, another group member, Mr. Usman Ashafa, criticized the Appeal Court’s judgment, stating that it left much to be desired.

 

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