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Nigerian Court Confirms Kano Election
ANPP's Shekarau the first governor to be elected twice to office
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-03-13 04:40 (KST)   
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau of All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP) was confirmed on March 11 as the elected governor of Kano state in Nigeria by an Election Petition Tribunal.

Nine months ago, Alhaji Ahmad Garba Bichi, a People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, accused the ANPP and the Kano state Independent Electoral Commission of conspiring to rigged the election and petition was filed against Shekarau.

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While making his judgment, Kafarati said the evidence brought against the ANPP was not sufficient to annul Shekarau's election or to order a fresh election. The tribunal lasted for eight hours.

Millions of people in Kano who support the ANPP took to the streets at about 8 p.m. to celebrate Shekarau's victory.

The PDP has made no comment yet on what action they will take next.

Shekarau has been governor of Kano since 2003. He was the first governor ever to be elected twice to the office.

Police were deployed at the main roads and on the premises of the court to curtail disorder.

Sule Ya'u Sule, Shekarau's press director, told journalists that they were happy with the victory and then called on the PDP to join hands with the ANPP and develop Kano state.
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