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Election Tribunal awaits WAEC testimony in Kwara

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*Tribunal adjourns PDP’s case over WAEC’s failure to present official document

Kwara State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has adjourned till Friday to enable a representative of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, present his subpoena at the tribunal.

The tribunal had earlier adjourned to Thursday for full hearing to begin in the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the declaration of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as governor on the grounds that he presented a forged certificate.

But the WAEC Branch Controller for Kwara State, Waheed Bamidele Amode, who appeared on subpoena by the PDP, told the tribunal that he is yet to receive copies of the subpoena from the headquarters of the body.

Amode’s statement made the PDP’s Counsel, Paul Erokoro, SAN, to request the tribunal to stand down the case to enable him present evidence of the subpoena.

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Rowland Otaru objected to the application, insisting that it amounts to needless waste of time by the petitioners.

Otaru said the petitioners had nearly three weeks since the tribunal adjourned to get the WAEC representative to appear before the tribunal to prove its case but waited till June 9 to serve the subpoena.

He suggested that the petitioners ought to call another witness if it has a case to prove rather than ask for any adjournment.

Counsel to AbdulRazaq, Kunle Kalejaiye, SAN, and that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Akin Olujimi aligned with INEC’s position, insisting that the application is strange.  The tribunal, however, granted the application, saying the petitioners are still within their time limit of four days to argue their case

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