Yobe State governorship election petition tribunal has concluded sitting in the petition challenging the validity of the poll which produced Ibrahim Gaidam as governor.
The tribunal drew the curtains on the session on Friday without the testimony of the Aide-de-Camp to Governor Gaidam, Zakari Deba, who was accused of paying N15 million into bank accounts owned by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Abu Zarma.
As was the case with Zarma, Deba, whose lawyer, Titus Ashaolu (SAN), had told the tribunal that his client was ready and willing to testify at the tribunal, failed to attend proceedings.
Deba and Zarma are named as fourth and fifth respondents in the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last governorship election, Adamu Waziri and his party.
Other respondents are Gaidam, his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Waziri and the PDP alleged, among others, that Gaidam in a bid to compromise the REC, caused Deba to pay N15million into Zarma’s two accounts with Zenith and Diamond Banks respectively.
Ashaolu had on Thursday told the tribunal that his client was on his way to Abuja and urged that proceedings be shifted to Friday, when it became obvious that Zarma would not testify and Deba’s lawyer was asked to call his witness.


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