BREAKING: Ganduje, Abba know fate as tribunal fixes Wednesday for judgement
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed Wednesday October 2 for judgement in a petition filed by the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, challenging the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as winner of the March 9 governorship election by INEC.
The date was announced in a text message sent to the parties involved by the secretary of the tribunal.
On September 18, the respondents — INEC, APC and Mr Ganduje — adopted their final written addresses and the petitioners — Abba Yusuf and PDP — adopted their response on written addresses.
The chairman of the tribunal, Halima Shamaki, said the panel was conscious of the deadline of 180 days provided by the Electoral Act, hence the resolve to tidy her work and deliver judgement within the timeframe.
In their arguments during the final presentation, all the respondents’ counsels: Ofiong Ofiong SAN, Alex Ezinyon and Ahmed Raji SAN had unanimously requested the tribunal to dismiss the case as the counsel to the petitioners did not prove their claims.
But, in response to the submissions of all the respondents, the counsel to PDP and its candidate Kanu Agabi, SAN cited a point of reference from the content of INEC’s final written address that the electoral umpire had proved the petitioners claim of conducting a free, fair and credible election on the March 9, 2019.