Kwara gov cert scandal: Tribunal adjourn sitting

Kwara gov cert scandal: Tribunal adjourn sitting

Kwara State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has adjourned till Friday to enable a representative of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to present his authentic certificate.

Earlier, the tribunal had adjourned till today for full hearings to begin in the petition of the PDP challenging the declaration of Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq on the allegation that the governor had presented a forged certificate.

But Waheed Bamidele Amode, the WAEC branch controller for Kwara State who appeared on subpoena by the PDP, told the tribunal that he was yet to receive copies certificate from the Lagos headquarters of the body, adding that any moment from now he is expecting the copy from Lagos.

Amode's statement led to the PDP counsel Paul Erokoro (SAN) requesting the tribunal to stand down the case for Amode to present evidence of the subpoena and that he had been asked to represent the examination body.

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

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

The tribunal however granted the application, saying the petitioners were still within their time limit of four days to argue their case.


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