Femi Falana calls the decision made by the Appeal Court to fire Yusuf unfair and labels it as voter punishment

The Appeal Court’s decision to remove Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, according to Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was dubious. Falana emphasizes that the dismissal should not have been based on the roughly 165,000 unstapled ballot papers that INEC staff claimed existed during the Kano State gubernatorial election.

Femi Falana stated on Channels Television that he believed it was dubious that Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf was removed due to the issue of roughly 165,000 unstamped vote papers during a review of recent Appeal Court rulings on the general elections of 2023.

During the interview, Femi Falana said, “in Kano, we are being told now that voters can be punished and sanctioned for the mistake of electoral officers.”

“We are being told here that 165,000 votes are wasted and invalid because some electoral officers refused or committed an error by not stamping them (ballot papers). How does that affect the validity of that election? If you recall the case of Yar’Adua and Buhari, the ballot papers were not marked but the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that Buhari did not impeach the integrity of the election.”