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July 11, 2020
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735 witnesses to testify at Kano gov election tribunal

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No fewer than 532 witnesses are expected to appear before the Election Petitions Tribunal presided over by Justice Halima Shamaki to testify in defence of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress, who won the Kano State governorship poll in March.

About 203 witnesses are expected to testify in the Peoples Democratic Party’s defence.

At a pre-trial hearing session on Saturday at Miller Road High Court complex, counsel for Ganduje, Offiong Offiong, informed the tribunal that 203 witnesses would  testify before the tribunal in his client’s defence.

Lawyer for  the APC,  Christopher Oshiomhole, also  said  the ruling  party would   line up 300 witnesses  to justify Ganduje’s  victory.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (the first respondent) through its counsel, Ahmed Raji  (SAN),  told  the court that they would present 29 witnesses to give testimony on the conduct of the election.

Counsel for  the petitioners (the PDP),  Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), said  they had  203  witnesses to testify against Ganduje and   his party.

However, Awomolo prayed the tribunal to strike out the contempt charges filed on Form 048 and 049 against INEC, adding that the commission  had given  the petitioners almost all the documents needed for inspection, adding that only two documents  had  yet to be released to them.

Counsel for  INEC, Ahmed Raji,  said   the documents should be inspected  on  the court premises.

Delivering her ruling, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice  Shamaki, struck out the contempt charges filed against INEC and adjourned the case  till July 16, 2019, for the continuation of pre-trial  hearing.

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