Abba Kabir has vowed to appeal the judgment sacking him as the governor of Kano State.
While the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Nasiru Gawuna was declared the winner of the March 18 election by the Kano Governorship Election Tribunal on Wednesday, Abba said the judgment is a “misapplication of the law”.
“You would recall that on March 18, 2023, you came out en masse and voted for me as your Governor with a total of 1,019,602 votes and a margin of 128,897 votes between my humble self and second place,” the Governor said in a state broadcast, emphasising the mandate he had received from the people.
“Today, the tribunal judges delivered their ruling, which the Governor characterized as having ‘errors and misapplication of the law,’” he added.
Despite the judgment, he assured the public that the legal battle was far from over.
“That is why our constitution provides for other stages to go on with – such as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court,” he explained, highlighting his commitment to pursuing justice through the legal system.
But he is calling for calm and adherence to the rule of law among Kano residents, urging them not to take matters into their own hands. He assured the public that security agencies had been instructed to ensure the protection of lives and properties across the state.
In a show of resilience, the Governor affirmed that this setback would not deter his administration from working towards the development of Kano State, in line with the promises made during the election campaign.
“We want to assure you that this will neither dampen our spirit nor slow us down as this is a temporary setback for our State which we will overcome by the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT),” he declared.
The Governor concluded his address by thanking the people of Kano State for their continuous support and prayers and called upon them to continue their daily activities peacefully. He expressed confidence that justice would ultimately prevail through the appellate courts, ensuring the mandate of the people is respected.