October 3, 2022

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai on Friday presented his first witness as he opened defence of his election before the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

El-Rufai is the 2nd respondent in the petition against the election filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the March 9 Governorship election, Alhaji Isah Ashiru.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared El-Rufai winner of the election with 1,045,427 votes while Ashiru had 814,168 votes.

The petitioners had claimed that the poll was characterised by massive rigging, ballot stuffing and violence in some parts of the state.

They had earlier closed their case after presenting 135 witnesses.

INEC, the 1st respondent in the petition had also closed its defence after presenting one witness and tones of documents on Thursday.

At the resumed hearing of the petition on Friday, El-Rufai’s counsel, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN) asked the Justice Ibrahim Bako-led Tribunal to adjourn till Tuesday after he presented one witness.

The witness, Malam Hussaini Barmo, a member of the Election Planning and Monitoring Directorate of Kaduna State All Progressive Congress(APC), adopted his deposition as evidence before the tribunal.

The witness during cross examination by counsel of APC, the 3rd respondent in the petition, Mr Sharafa Yusuf, confirmed the results from Kubau local government area.

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