The Court of Appeal, Kaduna State on Thursday adjourned hearing in the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDp) seeking for the recount of votes cast in the March 9 Governorship election in Kaduna State.
The Justice Muktar Hussein-led five-man panel in the appeal, while adjourning the matter to July 3, said it was a sequel to the complaint by the second respondent in the appeal.
The second respondent, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai told the Appeal Court that he was only served with the notice of the appeal on Wednesday, June 26.
“The parties were represented by counsel in court.
“It was believed the Governor who is a party in the appeal has been served before now, but counsel to the Governor informed the court that he was served just yesterday, Wednesday.
“To give him benefit of the doubt and to ensure that all processes are in, the court allowed them to file their reply to the Appeals. The matter was adjourned to July 3rd,” Bawa said.
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Mr Dike Udennab who is the Counsel to the Appellant said: ”the matter came up this morning for hearing of the petitioners’ appeal for recounts of ballot papers used for the governorship elections in Kaduna State.
”Unfortunately, the lawyers to the second respondents (El-Rufai) told the court that he became aware of the Appeal yesterday, Wednesday.
“Even though the records of the court shows that he has been served since 21st June 2019.
“For the benefit of the doubt, the court adjourned till 3rd July to allow the party to file his reply.
“I believe that the Appeal Court being the superior court of record will do justice to the matter.”
Recall that the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on May 28, struck out the petitioners motion seeking for a recount of votes cast in the governorship elections in the state, for lack of merit.
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