Kano APC Says Reports On Judgement Declaring Hanga Kano Central Senatorial Seat Winner Misleading3 min read
The Supreme Court ruled that Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga won the election for the Kano Central senatorial seat held on February 25, 2023, and ordered that a Certificate of Return be issued to him to that effect in place of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau. However, the All Progressives Congress in Kano State has criticized those reports as false and ordered that a Certificate of Return be issued to Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga to that effect instead.
This information can be found in a statement given to reporters on Saturday by Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the APC Kano State Chapter.
The report in question, per the statement, was wholly inaccurate and misrepresented the Supreme Court’s ruling.
To avoid misleading the public and disparaging the judiciary, which is the last resort for the average person, the APC Kano chair called on media professionals to be professional and thorough when verifying facts before reporting them.
The statement read, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress was drawn to the misleading news publication/report widely circulated on several mass media, print and social media platforms alleging that the Supreme Court had declared and returned Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga as the winner of the 2023 General Election for the member of the Senate representing Kano Central Senatorial District of Kano State held on 25th February 2023, and ordered that a Certificate of Return be issued to him to that effect in place of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.
“For the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight as well as properly informing the general public about the clear facts and circumstances, the subject matter of the civil action before the Federal High Court, Abuja Division (Coram: Honourable Justice Z.B. Abubakar) in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1632/2022, N.N.P.P. v. I.N.E.C, which cumulated in the Supreme Court’s decision delivered today, had absolutely nothing to do with the declaration and return of Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga as the winner of the 2023 General Election for the member of the Senate representing Kano Central Senatorial District of Kano State.
“Furthermore, and importantly so, neither Senator Ibrahim Shekarau nor Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga was party to the case which was the subject of the Supreme Court’s Judgement and it is an elementary principle of law that Judgement cannot be delivered in favour of a person who is not a party to a suit or appeal.
“Senator Rufa’i Sani Hanga who was never a candidate in the just concluded election cannot be declared and returned as the winner of the said election. Doing so will amount to an affront to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act, 2022.
“By the law, INEC has already declared Senator Ibrahim Shekarau as the winner of the 2023 General Election and as such cannot make a second declaration and return another person as the winner of the same election.
“The All Progressives Congress and its candidate has in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, written to INEC appealing to it to review its decision on the declaration and return of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, who was not qualified to contest as at the time of the conduct of the election.
“However, INEC having failed to exercise its powers of review under Section 65 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, despite the appeal from us, the party and its candidate had directed its team of lawyers to approach the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal for redress to reclaim the mandate of the party lawfully entitled to it and its candidate by the majority of the lawful vote cast at the election, ” the statement said.
It, therefore, appealed to its teaming members and supporters, to remain calm, and peaceful and have faith in the judicial process in Nigeria.