By Israel Bulus
The Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday adjourned hearing in the main petition of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Wednesday, June 26.
The Tribunal adjourned after admitting 59 witnesses from the petitioners on the March 9 Governorship election.
The long adjournment followed one week of the Tribunal’s marathon hearing into the main petition of the party and its candidate.
The break was sequel to the to ruling of an application of Mr. Elisha Kurah, SAN Counsel to petitioners on Wednesday June 19.
Kurah had put up the oral application before the Tribunal, asking for long adjournment to allow his team of counsel, to take time off.
He had told the Tribunal that the team needed time to rest, reduce stress and also, attend to other personal matters.
The petitioners’ Counsel told the Tribunal he had consulted and was in agreement with teams of counsel to the respondents in the petition.
The petitioners had presented 59 witnesses out of the 685 they said, they had assembled from 12 LGs in the Northern and Central zones, believed to be strong hold of the APC.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Gov. Nasir El-Rufai and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents in the petition respectively.
INEC had returned El-Rufai as winner in the March 9 election in the state, after polling the highest valid votes cast.
Most of witnesses in their oral presentations before the Tribunal, claimed that the election was marred by irregularities, ballot stuffing and violence.
Justice Ibrahim Bako, Chairman of the three-man Tribunal said the Tribunal would resume on Wednesday, June 26 to continue with the hearing.
The petitioners are expected to present a balance of 626 within the remaining one week as given by the Tribunal.