Kano governorship election: APC’s legal team berates NNPP’s 200 volunteer lawyers 

 

The legal team representing Kano All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing governorship election petition has condemned the actions of 200 self-proclaimed and volunteer lawyers affiliated with Abba Kabir Yusuf.

At a press conference in Kano, Barrister Hadiza Nasir Ahmad, a member of the APC legal team, along with Barrister Mustapha Idris, said the lawyers were alleged to have been engaged in public discussions and protests instead of following proper legal procedures to challenge the court of Appeal Judgement, which affirmed Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as the winner of the March 18 election.

They, however, expressed their disapproval of their actions, highlighting that as lawyers, it is their responsibility to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the court.

The APC’s legal team noted, “Our unwavering position is, we wholeheartedly respect the decision of the court and proudly affirm our support for Dr. Nasir Yusuf Gawuna. We stress the paramount importance of upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the sanctity of the court. Any attempt to tarnish the image of the court or resort to blackmail is unequivocally unacceptable.”

They further noted that the sole recognised association for lawyers, was the esteemed Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), calling on the 200 self acclaimed lawyers for supporting Abba Kabir Yusuf to rise above political Machinations and permit the court to execute its duties without external interference.

The lawyers emphasized that it is duty of lawyers as guardian of justice to preserve the integrity of the judiciary

Barrister Hadiza and Mustapha on behalf of the Kano APC Legal Team, urged the 200 self- acclaimed lawyers of Yusuf to preserve the integrity of law profession.

“Even when faced with unfavourable judgment it is a duty of a lawyer to uphold the doctrine of rule of law, by following steps accordingly, rather than engaging in public discourse.”

They also lamented that NNPP, its Lawyers and supporters were allegedly  campaigning and calling for demonstrations and protest against  court’s decision.