“We will not allow it, Kano belongs to Abba, Our mandate must be restored”. Protestants Chant in Kano.

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There are  protests,  currently on the streets of Kano State over the sacking of Governor Abba Yusuf by the Court of Appeal.

Although Security operatives are trying to disperse them, but the protesters stood their ground as they kept grouping and regrouping, as learnt from reporters.

There were also protests on Monday after thousands of youths went on demonstration as reported by Sahara Reporters, while denouncing the recent judgment of the Court Appeal that sacked the state governor.

Also women groups also stormed the streets of Kano State on Sunday to protest against the Court Of Appeal judgement.

The protesters had expressed their disappointment over the court rulings on election matters nationwide, particularly in Kano, which had generated a lot of controversies.

The women carried placards, chanted support songs for the state governor, Abba Yusuf, as they approached the state police command and submitted a letter containing their grievances in the aftermath of the Court of Appeal judgement.

In a fresh round of protests on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital as huge crowd of protesters stormed strategic positions in the city, causing temporary hiccups on commercial activities.

Kano- Zaria road, Maiduguri road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the protest is ongoing over the same controversial court ruling.

Two weeks ago, the appeal court panel upheld the verdict of the tribunal led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay which sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023.

The lower court had declared 165,663 votes of Yusuf, who contested under the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), invalid on the grounds that they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor’s votes were then reduced to 853,939 while those of Nasir Ganuwa, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, remained at 890,705.

Yusuf had rejected the tribunal verdict, which he described as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice”, and headed to the appeal court, which also ruled in favour of his opponent.

After the appeal court judgment, there was tension in Kano as different groups fixed protests but security operatives prevented some of them from going ahead with the demonstrations to prevent break down of law and order.