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.