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Kano Governorship Tribunal fixes September 18 for final addresses




Nasiru Yusuf

The Chairman, Kano state governorship election tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki has on Monday fixed September 18th for the adoption of final addresses from both the petitioners and the respondents.

The adjournment followed an application by counsel to INEC, Adedayo Adedeji, which was seconded by the counsels of Messrs Ganduje and Kabir Yusuf, MN Duru and Eyitayo Fatogun.

The parties have unanimously agreed that the respondents (INEC, Mr Ganduje, and APC) would prepare their respective written addresses within 10 days.

The petitioners are expected to respond in seven days after which the respondents are expected to counter-reply on the point of law within only five days.

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The PDP and its candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf had petitioned the tribunal on April 11 contesting the Kano state gubernatorial election result as announced by INEC.

KANO TODAY observed that only 54 witnesses were presented as against the 696 submitted to  the tribunal by both parties.

The petitioners took 14 days to present 4,020 documentary evidence and 34 oral witnesses out of 257 submitted.

INEC as the first respondent took two days to present three witnesses out of the 29 it submitted.

Mr Ganduje, the second respondent presented four witnesses in three days out of the 203 he submitted to the tribunal.
The third respondent, the APC, took 2 days to present one witness out 207 earlier submitted.

It was expected that both parties would take a total of 44 days for the presentation of witnesses, but they spent only 21 days.

The tribunal is expected to complete its assignment on Friday October 11th, the last day of the 180 days provided by the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.