By Muhammad Goronyo, Sokoto
The 2019 Govvernorship Elections Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Sokoto, has fixed July 9th, 2019, for the commencement in the Petition brought before it by the APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto and the party, challenging the declaration of the PDP Candidate, Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal as the winner of the poll by INEC.
At the end of the sitting of the Tribunal on Thursday , June 19, 2019, its Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Abbas Abdullahi , said the Court will conclude the Pre-trial session on Friday, June 21,2019, for the Counsels of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to present their number of witnesses they are to present, issues to be determined by the Court .
Dr Izinyon had earlier told the Court that he has sixty five witnesses, although he will call about thirty .
On his part, Counsel for INEC, G. D. Ding, said he has twelve witnesses to present before the Tribunal.
According , the Court will present the report of the Pre-trial session on Saturday, June 22, 2019, to set the pace for the start of the main trial on July 9, 2019.
The Chairman had earlier reserved his ruling on a motion on notice filed by the Lead Counsel of the 2nd Respondent, Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal, Barrister Eze Duru, SAN, to the end of the proceedings .
It was seeking the striking of the main petition by the Court , which was vehementky objected to by the Lead Counsel of the Petitioners, Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN.
The Chairman also granted another prayer sought by Duru for an extension of time to file a reply to the Petitioners’ Affidavit and written addresses .
Meanwhile, the 2019 National anx State Assemblies Elections Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Sokoto, has adjourned the case filed before it by the defeated Candidate of the PDP in the February, 23, 2019, Senatorial election for Sokoto North Senatorial District Senator Ahmed Mohammed Maccido, to Tuesday, June 25, 2019, for continuation of hearing.
Maccido is challenging the declaration of the APC Candidate, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, as the winner of the election by INEC.