Kano APC Crisis: Shekarau Heads for Supreme Court as Ganduje Extends Olive Branch
By Kabir Akintayo
The faction of the Kano state All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has vowed to approach the Supreme Court to appeal Thursday’s Appellate Court ruling on the crisis rocking the state.
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State chairman of the Shekarau faction, Ahmadu Haruna Zago, told BBC Hausa Service after the court ruling that it will appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court.
“We will appeal. Abiding by the ruling is quite different from filing an appeal. Our lawyers are studying the court ruling,” Haruna said.
Meanwhile, Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, visited the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja, after the court judgement where he appealed to the Shekarau faction to give peace a chance for the stability of the state chapter of the party.
The governor, who went to the party’s secretariat with top government functionaries across the legislature, executive and party lines said, “I am appealing to them (Shekarau-led faction) because we are members of one family, the APC.
“So I’m appealing to them to come, and Kano state is almost 100 per cent APC. We will come together and forge ahead in such a manner.
“We have to thank God for this very important victory at the moment. As he rightly said, we APC in Kano State have got a judgement that all the elections we conducted from the wards to the state level are legally recognized.
“I want to thank the party and the leadership for initiating the peace move to ensure that our party is united. I have to thank the party for that. A judgement has been passed in our favour and APC stakeholders in Kano are here to show our appreciation to the leadership of the party,” he said.
Ganduje later told newsmen that the state chairman produced by his faction during the state congress, Hon. Abdullahi Abbas, has been issued the certificate of return by the party’s national leadership.
Court of Appeal had on Thursday upheld the appeal of Governor Ganduje, where a three-member panel of the appellate court presided by Justice Haruna Tsammani set aside the judgement of the FCT High Court for lack of jurisdiction.
The panel, while upholding the three appeals, also held that the originating summons was wrongly commenced in Abuja, adding that the matter was an internal affair of the party.
The appeals followed the two rulings of an FCT High Court which upheld the ward and local government congresses won by the faction loyal to Shekarau and Senator Jibril Barau (Kano North).