Tribunal begins hearing against Saraki’s election

Hearing on the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital between Senate President Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenger in the March 28th elections, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq began Wednesday.

Alhaji Abdulrazaq is challenging the declaration of Saraki as the senator representing Kwara Central.

The petitioner came with one witness, Mallam Oloyin Abdullateef Adebayo, who is also the private personal assistant to the PDP senatorial candidate.

The witness, who was led in evidence by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. John Obumse was cross-examined by all the respondents’ counsel.

Mr. Obumse informed the tribunal that he had an application dated June 17, which was filed on June 29, 2015 and thus sought for adjournment based on three grounds.

First, he said that the date print out of card reader to be collected at the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) headquarters, Abuja, meant to be used for the purpose of the petition was yet to be obtained.

Also, he said that the Mallam Adebayo was the only witness in court and no one else.

The petitioner’s counsel also sought adjournment to move the application, while the respondents’ counsel did not object the motion.

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