In a significant turn of events, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso has emerged victorious in the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal constituency of Kano, following a ruling by the National and State House of Assembly elections petition tribunal on Sunday, September 10, 2023.
The tribunal made the groundbreaking decision to nullify the election victory of Yusuf Umar Datti, a sitting member of the House of Representatives representing the Constituency under Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The grounds for this verdict were Datti’s failure to comply with electoral regulations, specifically his failure to resign from his position at Bayero University, Kano, within the stipulated 30-day period before the election.
Notably, the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency is the political stronghold of the National Leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and former Governor of Kano State, Engr. Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. In a stunning twist, it was Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso who emerged victorious, defeating his long-term political rival.
Justice Azinge, presiding over the tribunal, underscored the critical importance of electoral guidelines, emphasizing that “electoral rules and regulations are crucial in maintaining the integrity of our democratic process. Failure to adhere to these rules can have serious consequences.”
In response to the tribunal’s ruling, Justice Azinge issued an order to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to invalidate the certificate of return previously issued to Datti. Subsequently, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the rightful winner of the election. It’s worth noting that Kwankwaso had secured the second-highest number of votes during the election held on February 25, 2023.
Expressing his gratitude for the tribunal’s decision, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso reaffirmed his commitment to serving the constituents, stating, “I appreciate the judiciary for upholding the rule of law and ensuring that the will of the people prevails. I am ready to fulfill my responsibilities as the elected representative for the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam constituency.” This ruling marks a significant development in the political landscape of Kano and underscores the importance of adhering to electoral regulations in Nigeria’s democratic process.