In a display of unwavering confidence, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has begun distributing celebratory dresses, known as ‘aso-ebi,’ to its members in anticipation of the impending Supreme Court judgment on the governorship election. The judgment, scheduled for Friday, January 12, follows an appeal by the incumbent governor, Mr. Yusuf, contesting his removal from office by lower courts.
The APC, bolstered by its victories at the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, is leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the swearing-in ceremony of its candidate, Nasir Gawuna. Members have engaged in fasting and animal sacrifices, seeking divine favor for a favorable outcome.
Kano, a predominantly Muslim state, has been a battleground for political control between the APC and the ruling New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). While the NNPP had initially declared its candidate, Abba Yusuf, as the winner of the March 2023 governorship election, the APC successfully challenged the result at the tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
The distribution of the ‘aso-ebi’ has gained momentum, with members in Fagge Local Government Area spotted wearing dresses adorned with President Bola Tinubu’s cap symbol. Expressing confidence in a favorable judgment, APC member Faisal Ibrahim revealed his preparedness for the swearing-in ceremony, citing the strength of evidence presented by the party.
APC leaders across the state, including Ahmad Dangwarzo, have distributed these celebratory dresses, expressing optimism in the face of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling. The North-west APC supporters group, led by Engineer Kailani Muhammad, has also mobilized followers, eagerly anticipating the arrival of Nasir Gawuna to the state.
In a statement, Abdullahi Ganduje’s former Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, conveyed the group’s hopefulness, emphasizing their commitment to celebrating the victory of the APC candidates, Gawuna and deputy Garo, pending the Supreme Court’s decision.
While the APC members are making elaborate preparations for the swearing-in ceremony, the NNPP is yet to disclose its plans, leaving the political landscape in Kano charged with anticipation and uncertainty.