Against the backdrop of the controversial dollar bribery video clip case between Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje and publisher of Daily Nigeria newspapers, the plaintiff on Monday requested for court leave for amendment of process.
Governor Ganduje had dragged the Daily Nigeria and others before a Kano high court demanding over N4 billion as damage on his personality as a result of the widely spread clip.
At the mention of the case before Justice Sulaimon Na-Mallam on Monday, counsel to Governor Ganduje, Barr. Ibrahim Nassarawa also sought court leave to present additional witness, change of witness and change in the statement of oath.
Justice Na-Mallam had earlier dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Barr. Sunday Opoola J. counsel to the publisher. Barr. Opoola who had kicked against the plaintiff application to replace counsel insisted the rules provided by the constitution for the purpose was not followed.
Justice Na-Mallam who granted the plaintiff’s application submitted that Ganduje reserved the fundamental right to replace or disengage his counsel.
The presiding judge however ruled that there is no basis for defendants objecting the plaintiff since the principal counsel has not formally announced withdrawal from the matter.