Kano guber: Ganduje to present 1,800 defense pages, 203 witnesses before tribunal

Kano guber: Ganduje to present 1,800 defense pages, 203 witnesses before tribunal

- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has prepared 1,800 defense pages and 203 witnesses to present to the Kano Election Petition Tribunal

- Ganduje’s counsel, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan, says the governor is ready to tell the whole world that indeed, there was a free and fair election on March 23

- Lawan further dispelled rumours that the state had influenced the transfer of the presiding tribunal judges to bring in those who would favour them

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has prepared 1,800 pages as his defense and is also ready to present 203 witnesses before the Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Miller Road, Bompai, Kano.

The development was made public by the governor’s counsel, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan, after he filed the defense before the tribunal, Leadership reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that Lawan said: “We are ready to tell the whole world that indeed, there was a free and fair election on March 23th, 2019.”

Lawan, who is one of Ganduje’s lead counsels, said the claims brought before the tribunal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not weighty.

He said: “We brought in our processes in defense of the petition and we have done it in good time and we are very confident of winning and right from the beginning, we are saying the PDP petition was unnecessary.”

Lawan said the 203 key witnesses would tell the court that the PDP’s petition was baseless and that, indeed, there was an election.

He further dispelled rumours that the state had influenced the transfer of the presiding tribunal judges to bring in those who would favour them.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that new details had emerged of alleged infractions by the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, which led to some drastic actions by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

According to reports, officials close to the state governor disclosed that in the run-up to the governorship election in the state, Emir Sanusi met about five times with the leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, and Ganduje’s main challenger and candidate of the PDP in the state, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The meetings were alleged to be centered on how to strategise on winning the gubernatorial election, which Governor Ganduje eventually won.

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