From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial
District in the last general elections, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, against his opponent in the election, Senator Bukola Saraki, before the election petition tribunal in Ilorin has entered its hearing stage on Wednesday.
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.
Also, the petitioner’s counsel informed the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Joshua Majebi, 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 INEC headquarters, Abuja, meant to be used for the purpose of the petition was yet to be obtained.
Also, he said that the witness brought for Wednesday, 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.
Chairman of the tribunal therefore adjourned the matter till Friday, July 31, 2015 for continuation of hearing of the petition and the hearing of the application filed by the petitioners, saying that the court would sit like a normal day on the adjourned date, and that
those that needed to go for Juma’at prayer would be allowed to go and come back for the continuation of the hearing.