National Auditor of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Barrister Ladipo Johnson, has hailed the judgement of the Supreme Court which validated the election of Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, as a victory for democracy and the rule of law.
The apex court had on Friday ruled that the tribunal and the court of appeal erred by sacking Yusuf, candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), as governor of the state.
Consequently, the court held that “the judgment of the lower court voiding the election of the appellant is hereby set aside”.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, Johnson said the judgement was a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the good people of Kano State who have implicit confidence in the leadership and character of Governor Abba Yusuf and consequently voted for him en-masse in the last election.
He praised the judiciary for due observance of the inherent issues and facts of the case and ruled accordingly.
This, he said, has given hope to the Nigerian people that in spite of the challenges of justice administration in the country, the judiciary remains the last hope of the people.
“The victory of Governor Abba Yusuf at the Supreme Court is, therefore, victory for democracy and the rule of law and I think we should commend the judiciary for standing tall for what is right and enviable in the adjudication of justice.
“By this victory, the people, in spite of the challenges, can still have confidence in our judiciary, thereby enhancing the rule of law as the bastion of democracy.”
He noted the ruling of the supreme court will further help in deepening the faith of the people in the nation’s democracy as well as helping to engender good governance.