The All Progressives Congress (APC), has called 5 witnesses out of the 300 witnesses it initially listed to give testimony before the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The APC, as the petitioner, is contesting the declaration of Abba Kabir Yusuf as the winner of the Governorship Election held on March 18th in Kano.
The APC’s challenge is directed towards the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 1st respondent and Abba Kabir Yusuf, 2nd respondent, while NNPP 3rd Respondent in the case.
Justice Watch News recalls that in an interesting turn of events, the Petitioner called PW1 as the chief examiner, with APC lead counsel Offiong Offiong SAN leading the way.
The witness was later cross-examined by Counsel to INEC, Abba Kabir Yusuf, as well as NNPP’s Barr Oshayomi, Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, and AJ Owonikoko, SAN.
When court resumed Tuesday, for the continuation of hearing, counsel to APC, called 4 witnesses who gave their testimonies.
In his evidence in chief, Ya’u Aminu, (PW 3) said he lives in Shifawa Gaya LGA.
He told the court that he deposed to his statement on oath before the Tribunal dated 9th April, 2023.
He further said he made his written testimony in Hausa Language and translated into English by his counsel.
The PW 3 further said he was the APC Agent in Shifawa Prison ward, 006 Polling Unit in Gaya LGA.
Under cross examination, the witness testified that he cannot read and write that is why he made his testimony in Hausa Language.
He also testified that there was no violence in his Polling Unit.
Under cross examination, the witness further testified that he was not a staff of INEC but a representative of APC.
He also agreed that his party forwarded all the names of Party Agents to INEC.
The witness denied the question that his name was not found in Shifawa , Polling Unit OO1, Agent register of INEC.
He added that it was not true that Isiyaku Alan was the Party Agent in Polling Unit 001
He testified again that he has letter of appointment as an agent as well as INEC identification card for that Polling Unit.
Under cross examination, the witness testified that his name, signature and thumbprint was not written in Election result sheet of the ward.
PW 3 similarly maintained that he registered with his party at LG level, but not at ward level.
According to him, there was over voting in his Polling Unit with 2 votes.
After his testimoty, the 3- panel Tribunal led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay discharged the Witness.
Similarly in his in his evidence in chief, Kabir Muhd PW 4 said he is a trader and also a Party Agent in 005 in Warawa ward.
Under cross examination, PW 4 testified that there was no violence during the election period in his Polling Unit.
He maintained that there was over voting in his Polling Unit.
The witness further testified that his party forwarded the name of two of them that his name and that of Haruna Dakata.
“I have appointment letter and jacket given to me by INEC.” He said.
At that point, the witness brought out the appointment letter and Jacket given to him by INEC.
He affirmed that his name, thumbprint or signature was not written in the result sheet.
The witness was discharged
Accordingly Aminu Baffa, PW5 Party Agent in Diso Ward, Polling Unit 007 in Gwale Primary School gave his testimony, cross examined and subsequently discharged by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebe and adjourned the sitting to 5th July for continuation hearing.