The Kogi West Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned proceeding following the inability of the 1st Respondent (INEC) to bring its witness to court for testifying.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was supposed to open its case following last week closing of case by the Petitioner’s, Dino Melaye.
But as court resumes hearing on Tuesday at the Federal High Court, counsel to INEC, Barr. Chris Alashey informed the court that the lockdown arising from the ravaging Covid19 pandemic could not allowed his witness present in court.
Barr. Alashey said the witness who reside in Yola, Adamawa state is having difficulty making his way to Abuja, and therefore prayed the court to grant him two days to effect his movement to the court.
Counsel to Senator Smart Adeyemi (2nd respondent) Barr Oladapo Otitoju said he has no objection to the appeal made by Barr. Alashey as a result of the movement of his witness from Adamawa to Abuja.
The 3rd respondents (APC) counsel, Barr. Abdulahi M, also said he has no objection because of the cogent reason raised by the 1st respondents’ counsel.
But the Petitioner’s counsel, Prof. Adewale said though the 1st respondents had earlier called him explaining the challenges he had few days ago about how to bring down the witness to Abuja, but stressed, the challenges was not an excuse for him to apply for two days adjournment.
The panel, led by Justice Isa after listening to the arguments of all the counsels granted the INEC counsel’s prayer, and adjourned hearing to 30th April, 2020.
The Petitioner’s had last week closed his case with many of his witnesses contradicting themselves, even as his last witness, Pastor Femi Obalemo admitted not being in the country while election materials were inspected; against his statement on oath.