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NNPP Raises 34 Grounds Counter….. Dismises APC Petition Dead On Arrival

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP) Kano Chapter on Monday filed its response to the petition by All Progressives Congress, (APC) at the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Justice Watch News earlier reports that the petitioner, ( APC) among others reliefs sought, is seeking the Tribunal to declare that NNPP has no candidate, arguing that Abba Yusuf is not in their register of voters submitted to INEC at the time of the election and to declare that Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as the winner of the Kano Governorship Election conducted on 26th March, 2023.

The petitioner is also seeking the Tribunal to declare APC as the winner of the election having scored the highest number of the valid votes cast if the invalid votes are removed from the scores of NNPP.

In a chat with Journalists at the premises of the Tribunal, shortly after he filed the response, Today,  a member of the Legal Team, representing Abba Kabir Yusuf and NNPP, Barrister Bashir Yusuf Muhammad said he ought not to have said any thing because the petition is pending before the Tribunal.

He, however, stressed that since what is before the court is public property is also fundamental to guide the public to avoid spreading false information about what is going on at the Kano Tribunal.

He further said the APC petition is already dead on arrival, arguing that the entire petition is incompetent, null and void.

The Counsel pointed out that Abba Kabir Yusuf and NNPP have responded the petition with 34 grounds which according to him, each one of the ground raised, will not sustained the APC’s petition.

Barrister Muhammad alleged that the APC’s petition, challenging the victory of Abba Kabir is frivolous, waste of time and academic exercise.

“Eventhough the law allowed a party to file a suit but the candidate too has to be join as an interested party.

“Its is not possible for the court to grant an application to a party not before it. Court can only grant a prayer or relief to a person who is properly before it.

“If you look at their petition candidate sought to be declared winner or rerun to be conducted on his behalf was not a party to the petition, therefore, the court lacks jurisdiction to grant the application in his favour.” The counsel argued.

The Counsel further argued that the 5-volume petition they filed was defective stressing that the petition contained only 1 volume, the remaining 4 is for the witnesses testimonies to support their petition.

He emphasized that the defense team will not be intimidated, noting that the entire petition is 95 pages not 5 volumes.

He stated that the respondents don’t mind with the number of volumes but the petition itself.

“The paragraphs of the petition are not in line with ground of the petition.

“We responded to the petition squarely, we didn’t left any stone untouched,” He stated

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