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S/Court fixes Jan 20 for verdict in Kano gov’ship dispute‎, replaces ailing Justice Okowo

The Supreme Court has scheduled judgment for January 20 (Monday) in the appeal challenging the last governorship election in Kano State.

A seven-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, made the decision after lawyers in the case, comprising an appeal and a cross-appeal, adopted their processes and prayed the court to grant their prayers.

The main appeal marked: SC/1450/2019 was by Abba Kabir Yusuf and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While the all Progressives Party (APC) filed a cross-appeal.

Respondents in the main appeal are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Meanwhile, the court has reconstituted its panel. It has replaced Justice John Okowo, who took ill on Monday, with Justice Amina Augie.

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned till Tuesday (today) the hearing of 13 appeals filed in respect of governorship tussles in six states.

The adjournment followed an announcement by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, leading a seven-man bench, that one of the members of the panel was ill.

The CJN said the court needed to “abruptly rise” due to the unnamed judge’s ailment.

All the six other members of the panel were seated with the CJN when the development was announced but the ailing one among them was not identified

Other members of the panel are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Uwani Abba-Aji.

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