From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The ongoing Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, has fixed Friday, September 14, for t
he adoption of final written addresses by counsels to the petitioner and the three defendants.
The petitioner in the case is the People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate, Dr. David Ombugadu, while the defendants are the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Sule, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the All Progressives Congress.
The Voice reports that Ombugadu had dragged Sule to court to seek justice after INEC declared him winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state.
At the continuation of defense on Wednesday, counsel to the third defendant (APC), Mathew Burkaa (SAN), who did not call any witness to testify in favour of the party, applied to close his defense, and it was granted by the tribunal.
On his part, the Lead counsel to the petitioner, Samuel Okutepa (SAN), told the tribunal that the defendant had nothing to prove its case, which was why he could not present any witness, adding that the defendant’s action had rendered the petition defenceless.
After listening to the counsels, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, adjourned its sitting to September 14, 2023 for the adoption of the final written addresses.