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Sha'aban Bags UpRising Politician Award
posted on 29th December, 2011

Hon. Sani Sha'aban, ACN Gubernatorial Candidate, Kaduna State
Hon. Sani Sha'aban
Hon. Sani Sha'aban has been presented with the Most UpRising politician of the Decade for the Year 2011 award by a group known as, the Young Northerners for Excellence.

The award of excellence was presented to Sha'aban at the group's Annual Merit Award 2011 ceremony held at Arewa House, Kaduna on the 26th December, 2011 under the chairmanship of Alhaji Bello Yusuf Maitama, Sardaunan Dutse.

According to the organizers, Sha'aban was selected for the award over other potential contenders considering his impressive record of political achievement over the years. They went on to recognize that Sha'aban has not only impacted on the political landscape of Kaduna State, but that of Nigeria as a whole. In the organizers view, Sha'aban's emerging profile deserves such recognition given that his political ideals serve as a source of hope for the downtrodden.

Hon. Sani Sha'aban UpRising Politician Award - 2011
In the award citation, Sha'aban was described as "a leader, a man with vision; ...a trail blazer in every aspect of human endeavours. His foresight and initiative really revolutionized the face of politics in Kaduna state."

The ceremony was attended by the cream of personalities drawn from different parts and sectors of Northern Nigerian society.

In addition to Sha'aban, seven other prominent individuals from Northern Nigeria were also presented awards for their contributions in various fields of endeavor and philanthropic work.

Young Northerners for Excellence Awards
Award Recipients (or their representatives)

On hand to accept the award on behalf of Sha'aban was Mr. Joel Giwa Kwasu, Sha'aban's deputy in the 2011 gubernatorial elections for Kaduna State under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). This was preceded by a brief presentation of 'the man Sha'aban' to the audience by Mr. Aliyu Shitu.

Sha'aban supporters at Young Northerners for Excellence Awards
Some of Sha'aban's friends at the event

Speaking before the close of the event, the Chairman of the Young Northerners for Excellence group, Mr. Abdullahi Musa maintained that the awards were instituted to recognise talent across Northern Nigeria irrespective of tribe, religion or other dispositions.

    Timeline of Sha'aban's Quest for Justice
  • April 14th, 2007 - Governorship elections organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in all states of Nigeria, including Kaduna State.
  • April 15th, 2007 - INEC declares Namadi Sambo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner.
  • April 15th, 2007 - Sani Sha'aban protests INEC manipulation of election results and is detained in the process.
  • April 16th, 2007 - Other Kaduna opposition parties that contested the April 14th elections pay solidarity visit and pledge their support to Namadi Sambo and the PDP.
  • May 15th, 2007 - Sani Sha'aban and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) file petition with Election Petitions Tribunal in Kaduna.
  • October 23th, 2007 - Sambo fails in bid to stop election petition hearing.
  • April 17th, 2008 - Election Tribunal rules to uphold election of Namadi Sambo, of the PDP as Governor of Kaduna State.
  • May 2008 - Sani Sha'aban and the ANPP appeal ruling of Election Tribunal at the Kaduna Court of Appeal.
  • January 7th, 2009 - Hearing at Kaduna Court of Appeal suspended due to court registry mix - up of documents.
  • February 11th, 2009 - Final briefs on Sha'aba's appeal presented by Mike Ahamba (SAN). Court also struck out motion by Sambo and the PDP pleading with court to throw out Sha'aban's appeal.
  • March 6th, 2009- Justice Bulkachuwa appeal panel upholds Namadi Sambo's election.
    Sha'aban condemns the Bulkachuwa panel's decision as a rape of justice.
  • May 15th, 2009 - Mike Ahamba (SAN) appeals the Justice Bulkachuwa panel ruling to the President Court of Appeal and the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC).
  • June 2nd, 2009 - Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja issues directive for appeal to be retried.
  • June 17th, 2009 - Appeal retrial proceedings begin in Kaduna.
  • September 28th, 2009 - Scheduled hearing of motions moved for lack of quorum.
  • November 30th, 2009 - Court sitting postponed because of Eid-el-Kabir public holidays.
  • February 10th, 2010 - Hearing into motions for retrial by the Justice Kumai Bayang Akaas panel.
  • March 1st, 2010 - Appeal Court denies motion for retrial of election appeal.
  • March 15th, 2010 - Sha'aban files appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja.
  • November 1st & 4th, 2010 - Supreme Court, Abuja hearing of appeal.
  • November 4th, 2010 - Supreme Court dismisses appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

Hon. Sani Sha'aban Award Citation