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2023 Elections: Rufai Hanga Defeats Shekarau At The Supreme Court

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Senator Rufa’i Hanga, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate for Kano Central Senatorial District in the February 25 general election has been affirmed as the candidate of the party over Ibrahim Shekarau. Justice Emmanuel Agim, who delivered the judgement on Friday, 10th of March 2023, held that the appeal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacked merit and substance and therefore dismissed it in its entirety.

The court further upheld the Judgments of a federal high court and the court of appeal both in Abuja which had earlier upheld the candidature of Hanga and the candidate of the party.

It can be recalled that the Federal high court and the court of appeal had affirmed Rufai's candidacy for NNPP, INEC took it upon itself to proceed for the Supreme Court to challenge the concurrent findings of the two courts, which eventually upheld a similar judgement.