Gov. Gaidam, APC Open Defence at Yobe Tribunal Amidst Uncertainty

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The Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam and the All Progressives (APC), last week opened their defence with five (polling and Supervising agents) witnesses testifying on their respective conducts during the April 11, 2015 governorship election.

The witnesses; Ibrahim Mohammed, Ahmed Musa Tella, Malam Garba, Dr Rabiu and Megida Ibrahim separately adopted their written testimonies.

Under cross examination by Independent National Electoral commission counsel they told the tribunal that the election was peaceful, creditable, free and fair.

They also told the tribunal that nobody was compelled by any one to vote and that there was no threat issued to seize farms.

But under cross examination by the petitioner’s counsel, Abiodun Jelili Owonikoko (SAN) one of the witness, Megida Ibrahim said he was aware that in his polling unit a total of 232 voters were accredited but 253 voted.

On his part, Ahmed Musa Tella the Busari local government ward supervising agent for the APC said that he was not aware that nine units were attached to polling unit C.

Probably disturbed by the testimonies of the witnesses, the lead defence counsel Yusufu Ali (SAN) abruptly asked for adjournment. The tribunal chairman Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned further hearing till today.

The defence counsel had on Monday when the petitioner closed his case informed the tribunal that ten witnesses were ready to testify last week.

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