Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has called for a review of the appellate court judgments that removed Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State and Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State.
Femi Falana argued that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed in its duty to conduct proper elections, emphasizing that court decisions should not nullify the votes of Nigerians due to INEC’s negligence in clearing candidates without proper primaries and other procedural lapses.
Falana emphasized that the courts should not invalidate thousands of votes due to administrative errors, such as the failure to stamp ballot sheets. He stressed the importance of concluding election matters before the inauguration of any administration.
The appellate court recently sacked three governors, all from opposition parties, challenging the results declared by INEC in the March 2023 elections.
The court declared Nasir Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner in Kano, ordered a fresh election in Zamfara, and directed INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Nentawe Goshwe of the APC in Plateau State. Falana’s call for a review aims to address concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and ensure a just resolution of election disputes.