Kano: 200 northern lawyers volunteer to assist Yusuf win case at Supreme Court 

No fewer than 200 private legal practitioners from the 19 Northern states have volunteered to assist Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano state to win his governorship election appeal case at the Supreme Court.

They lawyers, under the aegis of Abba Kabir Yusuf Volunteer Lawyers Forum For The 19 Northern states And Abuja, disclosed this at a press briefing at Arewa House on Sunday in Kaduna.

Their spokesman, Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim, urged President Bola Ahmed  Tinubu and the Supreme Court not to allow the country to become a one-party state, saying “it is an unhealthy democratic practice.”

The lawyers insisted that the rule of law must be obeyed to “ensure the vote of every Nigerian counts during elections.”

They further expressed solidarity with Governor Yusuf while claiming that the Appeal Court judgement in favour of the APC was “a clear miscarriage of justice.”

“We volunteer as private legal practitioners to participate in the litigation in solidarity for Gov. Yusuf at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. We want to represent the truth in the fight to reclaim his mandate and that of the people of Kano state,” Ibrahim said.

The group also demanded a reworking of the Electoral Act.

“It is pertinent to state here that the Electoral Act needs a holistic reworking in order to address these anomalies of our judicial system and democracy, if we must save it.”

According to them, pre-election matters must be seen to be addressed as no longer litigable issues after the winner of an election has been declared.

“The attempts by courts to conclude upon their findings to declare politicians as winners must also be divested of such powers. At best, order a re-run in the affected areas.

“The dangers are that, if this trend should proceed without being checkmated, then there would no longer be need for open balloting and casting of votes by the electorates.

“This is so as their mandate would be taken over by those who know the rules of the game and of course, it will no longer be a matter of who wins the election at the general voting posts.”

The lawyers called on the Supreme Court to resist any form of external interference to protect the image of the judiciary and uphold the rule of law.

“We are hopeful that the apex court would do the right thing devoid of any sentiments and paying able and competent attention to happenings of the just delivered judgements.” (NAN)