Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, has said the judiciary is on the path of undermining Nigeria’s democracy.
Yesufu was responding to the Appeal Court decision that removed Abba Kabir Yusuf as governor of Kano State.
You may recall that Yusuf’s election was overturned by a three-judge bench presided over by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay.
The court invalidated Yusuf’s 165,663 votes.
The appeals court ruled that the ballots couldn’t be counted since they weren’t officially certified by INEC.
A total of 890,705 had previously voted for Nasir Ganuwa of the All Progressives Congress (APC), whereas only 853,939 had voted for the governor who ran on the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) ticket.
Following this, the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Court declared All Progressives Congress (APC, candidate Gawuna the legitimate victor of the March 18 election and voided Yusuf’s victory.
Yesufu responded by writing on X:
The court system in Nigeria is well on its way to obliterating democracy there.
In order to achieve the same outcomes in 2019, the people of Kano rejected the APC.
When the lawful will of the people is suppressed, the illegitimate will has more opportunity to operate.