The Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna, has upheld the election of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and awarded N50,000 against his All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) challenger, Mallam Salihu Sagir Takai.
Delivering the lead judgement in the appeal filed by the ANPP candidate challenging the judgment of the lower tribunal, Justice Muhammad Lawal Garba said the issues raised in the appeal were against the appellant and in favour of the respondent.
He noted that the appeal lacked merit, adding that the appellant failed to file his appeal within the mandatory 60 days specified by the Electoral Act 2010.
He said: “With this, I hereby dismiss the appeal, because it lacked merit to be entertained.”
The judge held that the appeal was filed out of time, saying the appellant has the judicial right to file his case, but that since it was not filed within the time allowed, the court had no option than to dismiss it and award N50,000 againt the appellant.
Addressing reporters after the judgment, Kwankwaso’s deputy, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the verdict confirmed the will of the people of Kano.
He described it as an act of God.