Ganduje files amendment in dollar bribery case
The controversial dollar bribery case between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and publisher of Daily Nigeria newspapers took a fresh twist yesterday, as the plaintiff sought court leave for amendment of process.
Governor Ganduje had dragged the newspaper and others before the Kano High Court demanding over N4 billion as damages for the assault allegedly inflicted on his person as a result of widely spread video clip.
At the mention of the case before Justice Sulaimon Na-Mallam yesterday, counsel to the governor, Ibrahim Nasarawa, also sought leave of the court to present additional witness, change witness and change the statement of oath.
Justice Na-Mallam had earlier dismissed the preliminary objection filed by counsel to the publisher, Sunday Opoola, who had kicked against the plaintiff’s application to replace counsel, insisting that the rules provided by the constitution for the purpose were not followed.
The judge, who granted the plaintiff’s application, submitted that Ganduje reserved the fundamental right to replace or disengage his counsel.
He, however, ruled that there was no basis for defendants objecting the plaintiff since the principal counsel had not formally announced withdrawal from the matter.
The video clip that captured what appears like the image of Governor Ganduje receiving bails of United States dollars suspected to be kickback for contracts awarded by the governor. It went viral in 2018 when it was released by the online medium, a development Ganduje had since debunked as frivolous and mischievous. Na-Mallam adjourned the matter till April 20, 2021.
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