From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial Election, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Abdulrasaq has closed his petition filed against Senator Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abdulrasaq, in a petition marked NAT/LEG/EPT/IL/2/2015 filed before the Legislative Houses Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin is challenging Saraki’s victory on the March 28 polls, claiming he won majority votes.
At the resumption of hearing on Monday, Petitioner’s Counsel, Francis Obumse closed his case, giving way to respondents’ counsel to defend their clients.
Four Petitioner’s Witnesses, petitioner himself, his aide, Mr Oloyin Adebayo, a Forensic Analyst, Mrs Nkolly Asika Obumse and State INEC Head of Legal Team, Tunde Salako, all testified before the Tribunal during the five days allotted for PDP candidate to prove his case.
However, two additional exhibits were on Monday admitted including Stubs/Counterfeits of used ballot papers in respect of senatorial election in Kwara Central and the Issued but unused ballot papers in the election were marked as Exhibits P5 and P6.
Meanwhile, Saraki’s Counsel, Malam Yusuf Ali (SAN) opened and closed his defence without calling any witness, but Counsel to the Second Respondent, Abdulwahab Bamidele requested for short adjournment to enable them call their witnesses.
The Justice Josiah Majebi-led Three-man Tribunal, however, adjourned the
petition till Wednesday for continuation of defence.
In another petition, the tribunal will on Thursday rule on the motion seeking to call for more witnesses in a case filed against election of Princess Olufunke Adedoyin of the APC, who represents Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero/Ekiti Federal Constituency.
The petition marked NAT/LEG/EPT/IL/1/2015 was filed by the PDP candidate in the election, Richard Babatunde Olusola and another candidate.