Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has vowed to reclaim his mandate at the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja upheld the ruling of the tribunal that sacked Governor Yusuf and declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressive Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election.
In a broadcast on Friday, Yusuf said he had instructed his legal team to challenge the Appeal Court ruling at the Supreme Court.
Earlier, Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of APC, said his party was waiting for Yusuf and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) at the apex court.
“I thank Allah for this important judgement. We have to thank the judiciary for providing good administration of justice despite all the distractions that took place since the beginning of the case.
“We have to thank the judiciary. There is no doubt this is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for APC and a victory for Kano State. This is an indication that democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. Democracy we can say is matured in Nigeria. We have to thank all those stakeholders, the political parties, even the NNPP that took us to the Appeal Court.
“For Kano State, this victory is for all of us. We are fully aware, we know what happens during the election; a lot of malpractices and we took the issue to the tribunal and by the grace of God, we got a fair judgement in favour of our great party, APC.
“Now, the government in power, the NNPP decided to go the Court of Appeal and this morning , by the power of God, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgement of the lower court. And by so doing, our gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna is the duly elected governor of Kano State.
“But in all, probably, they will go to the Supreme Court which is part of democracy. There is nothing wrong for them to go to the Supreme Court. We too, we are ready to meet them in Supreme Court. And Insha Allah, we will win at the Supreme Court as well.”