PDP candidate Governorship Candidiate closes case at Nasarawa gov tribunal
Hon. David Ombugadu, the Nasarawa State governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections has officially closed his case at the Election Petition Tribunal in Lafia.
Mr Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is the lead counsel to Ombugadu disclosed this while speaking with newsmen after the sitting of the tribunal in Lafia on Thursday.
He said they closed the case against the respondents, Governor Abdullahi Sule, All Progressives Congress and Independent National Electoral Commission, having presented necessary documents and witnesses.
He added that he is confident the (pieces of) evidence presented so far from 21 witnesses cross-examined would secure justice for the petitioner.
“We realised that all parts of the case have been taken care of. So there is no point over flogging the matter at the tribunal.
“With the witnesses so far cross-examined, we have enough evidence to secure justice in our favour. That is why we closed the case,’’ he said.
Mr Adebayo Adelogun, Counsel to the governor expressed surprise at the decision but applauded the move and said his team was not against it.
“We were surprised because as of yesterday, the indication was that another witness would be called today. So we came prepared for that.
“Were we surprised? Yes but pleasantly surprised. We are very prepared to respond. Don’t forget we are the respondents,’’ he said.
Justice Abba Bello-Mohammed, Chairman of the tribunal, adjourned the case till July 6 for the respondents to respond to evidence brought by the petitioner.