From Noah Ebije, Kaduna 

Lead petitioner for the March 18 governorship election of Kaduna State, Mohammed Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has  told the election petition tribunal that he has 25 witnesses to testify against the declared winner of the election, Uba Sani of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Following the declaration of Sani by INEC, Ashiru and his party, had petitioned the tribunal to seek redress and reclaim victory.

At the pre-hearing of the petition, yesterday, counsel to Ashiru and PDP  told the three-man panel led by Justice Victor O. Oviawe that the petitioner would field a star witness for the rest of the witnesses when hearing proper commences.

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Counsels to INEC said they would call five witnesses, while Sani through his counsel said he has 18 witnesses, but, “we will subpoena 15.”

The 3rd respondent, APC said they would present three witnesses, but, “we will subpoena another three, making it six witnesses.”

Chairman of the panel, Justice Oviawe, after extensive deliberations allotted seven minutes to examination in-chief, 12 minutes to cross-examination, while three minutes were allotted to re-examination of the witnesses respectively.