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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a defence in respect of its victory in the just concluded 2019 governorship election in the state at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi.

Concise News reports that the defence according to the state publicity secretary of the party, Bemgba Iortyom is sequel to the petition filed by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Governor-elect Samuel Ortom.

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Jime, and his party, the APC had filed a petition at the tribunal alleging irregularities in the polls. This online news medium gathered that Jime and APC had petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.

Filing the PDP defence yesterday at the tribunal, counsel to the party, C.T. Mue, expresses optimism that his client’s victory at the election will be upheld by the tribunal.

According to the publicity secretary of the PDP, the governor-elect’s legal defence team is headed by Chris Uche, SAN and includes Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, Emeka Okoro, Agbo Johnson Madaki, P.S. Abaagu, T.T. Hyundu, C.T. Mue, Nathans Gwebe, T.D. Sorkaa and Raphael Gabriel Okplogidi.

Others on the team include John Tyokegh, T.T. Igba, M.L. Ianna, Chris Alechenu, M.T. Nyiutsa, Donald Ierkwagh, Mercy Tule, Owulo Omenka Owulo, I.S. Kajo, J.K. Ishember, J.I. Ioryina, C.A. Gbehe, Terwase Gbasha and S.A. Udaga, among several others.