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Benue: Jime, APC Drag Gov Ortom To Election Tribunal, Seek To Upturn Victory. (Image Courtesy: The Sun Nigeria)

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi to strike out the petition against him, Concise News understands.

This online news medium understands that the Benue State leader said this on Wednesday when he filed his defence before the Governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

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Ortom, through Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Michael Gusa, raised preliminary objections and told the court to strike out the petition.

“The petition should be dismissed because we are saying that it lacks merit and so it should be dismissed,” Gusa said.

“In fact in the first instance, we have seen a lot of infractions against the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, so we have raised preliminary objections that the case be dismissed and also gone ahead to attack the petition on the merit.“

Also, the lead counsel,  Sabastine Hon (SAN), said the governor filed his defence within time and has fulfilled his statutory duty of attaching all the document he would be relying on in the course of the case.

According to him, the two cases have some striking similarities, although the circumstances are slightly different.

Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed the petition challenging the Ortom’s win at the poll.

On his part, Jime’s counsel, Sunday Ameh told the tribunal to upturn Gov Ortom’s victory and declare Jime the winner of the 2019 governorship elections having scored the highest number of lawful votes.

Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 434,473 votes to beat Jime who got 345,155 votes.

On his part, Jime’s counsel, Sunday Ameh told the tribunal to upturn Gov Ortom’s victory and declare Jime the winner of the 2019 governorship elections having scored the highest number of lawful votes.