Kano Governorship Tribunal: APC objects to PDP Chair’s testimony
By Nasiru Yusuf Tsakuwa
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has rejected the testimony of State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, against the election of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the APC as the executive governor yesterday.
Bichi, who is former Secretary to the State Government, led by counsel to his party, the PDP, Adegboyega Awomolo was affirmed by the Court Registrar, but was not permitted to give evidence owing to the objection raised by counsel representing Governor Ganduje and his party, APC, Aliyu Umar.
Barrister Aliyu Umar(SAN) said the parties, prior to Thursday’s sitting had an initial “gentleman agreement”, which binds the petitioners and respondents agreeing that all parties would wait for the amendment of a typographical error contained in a ruling issued by the Court Appeal in Kaduna.
He said the parties agreed that the State PDP Chairman and seven others would proceed to give evidence on the 5th of August, noting that to he was surprised to see the petitioners on 1st August bringing the PDP chieftain to court to give evidence.
Barrsiter Josiah Samuel (SAN) and Adedayo Adedeji representing APC and INEC respectively aligned their position with the submission made by counsel representing Governor Ganduje, informing the Tribunal that they object to the intention of the PDP party boss to give evidence in the matter.
The counsel to PDP, Awomolo (SAN) told the Court that to the best of his knowledge, there is no existing court ruling that forestalled the party chieftain from giving evidence, urging the Court to discountenance the prayers offered by the respondents.
In aberration, Justice Halima Shamaki said the content of the Court records is vivid, noting that the Tribunal directed that the amended copy of the ruling be made available before it on or before the 3rd of August.
She said in the interest of justice, the matter is adjourned to August 2nd, for all the eight witnesses to appear to testify before the Court.