No fewer than 291 witnesses are to testify at the Nasarawa State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the state capital during the hearing of the petition filed by former Information Minister and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA governorship candidate, Mr. Labaran Maku.
In the petition, which had the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, All Progressives Congress, APC as second and third respondents, respectively, Maku challenged the declaration of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of the APC as winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship poll by the second respondent.
At the commencement of the pre-trial session yesterday, counsel to Governor Al-Makura, Yusuf Ali, SAN, informed the tribunal that all the parties involved in the matter, including the petitioner were ready to present 291 witnesses during proceedings.
He revealed that while a total of 29 witnesses would testify for Al-Makura, 175 would testify for INEC, 27 for APC and 60 for the applicant.
The tribunal chairman, Halima Mohammed, who reiterated that the court would not condone unnecessary delays from the parties, maintained that the tribunal was committed to dispensing justice within the constitutional 180 days for it to complete its assignment.
In an interview with journalists shortly after the session, Ali, said that all the witnesses would testify within the timeframe given by the tribunal.
On his part, counsel to the petitioner, Henry Michael Ihunde, who expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation from all the parties, noted that the development would enable the tribunal dispense justice within the stipulated time.

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