June 15, 2024

The Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Friday adjourned till September 4th after all parties closed their cases in the petition marked EPT/KD/Gov/4/23.

In the said petition, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isa Ashiru, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the last gubernatorial election in the state.

The petitioners had closed their cases after calling no fewer than 21 witnesses and tendered several documents to back their case.

The INEC, being the first respondent, also opened and closed its case without calling any witnesses.

Governor Uba Sani, who is the second respondent, earlier said he had 30 witnesses to defend his victory but ended up closing his case on Friday without calling any witnesses.

“We have 30 witnesses, and they are ready, but we have no reason to call any,” Duro Adeyele (SAN), counsel to Gov. Uba Sani, had told the tribunal.

At the resumed hearing today (Thursday), the third respondent, the All Progressives Congress (APC), closed its case by tendering six sets of documents without calling any witnesses.

Meanwhile, Ashiru’s lead counsel, Oluwole Iyamu (SAN), opposed all documents presented by APC to the tribunal.

The Justice Victor Oviwe-led panel adjourned the proceeding for the adoption of final written addresses.

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