The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has raised concerns over the delay in obtaining the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Kano gubernatorial ruling delivered by the Court of Appeal. The ruling, which upheld the decision of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, led to the dismissal of Governor Abba Yusuf.
Following the tribunal’s declaration of Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor, Governor Yusuf denounced the judgments as a “miscarriage of justice” and instructed his legal team to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
NNPP National Chairperson, Abba Ali, expressed dissatisfaction with the court’s failure to provide the legal team with the CTC of the judgment, hindering the preparation of an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The NNPP’s concern is rooted in the fact that time is crucial in the preparation of appeal processes, and the delay in obtaining the CTC has already consumed a significant portion of the fourteen-day window within which the appellant must complete their processes.
The statement from NNPP emphasizes that the delay appears to intentionally impede the governor and the party in their pursuit of justice. The party calls for prompt action to ensure the timely release of the CTC, enabling them to proceed with the appeal process within the stipulated timeframe.
“This concern being expressed by the leadership of NNPP stems from the report from our legal team that all efforts to collect the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement which will aid the process of filing their appeal have not yielded any fruits, four days after the judgement was delivered in Abuja,” the statement reads. It is a known fact that the issues of days and time are very germane in the preparation of processes for an appeal in such a situation,” the statement read.
“For the purpose of emphasis, it is an established fact that an Appellant only has a window of Fourteen (14) days to get his/her processes completed and frittering away 4 days out of these 14 days is like setting a booby trap for the Appellant,” it added.