By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna has said that he is not afraid of the appeal challenging his victory at the tribunal.
The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had last Wednesday, declared the APC winner of the election and sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The three-man panel ordered a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna and the withdrawal of certificate of return which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf.
The court noted that ballot papers of 165,663 votes were not stamped or signed and therefore invalid and deducted the 165,663 votes from Governor Yusuf’s total as invalid votes.
Speaking with BBC Hausa on Friday in an interview while commenting on the tribunal judgment, Gawuna said, “I am grateful to Allah for our victory in the Kano State election, which was affirmed by the court today (Wednesday). I thank Him for His will, which chose us to lead. I also thank our lawyers and the general public for their prayers and support.”
He noted that in the past, NNPP was initially declared the winner of the election, but believed that Allah had already decided the outcome, saying that they had the right to challenge the results in court, and they did so. The court’s ruling is also the will of Allah.
Gawuna said that anyone who believes that nothing happens without Allah’s will will never worry or take governance as a do-or-die affair, stressing that whatever happens to them, they believed it is the will of Allah.
According to him, “We are not intimidated or afraid, because we know that whatever happens is for the best. Allah never makes mistakes.”