ORTOM Vs JIME: Tribunal reserves judgement on pre-hearing suit

ORTOM Vs JIME: Tribunal reserves judgement on pre-hearing suit

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, hearing the case between governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Emmanuel Jime of All Progressives Congress (APC), has reserved judgement in the suit filed by the former.

Governor Ortom is praying the tribunal to strike out certain paragraphs of Jime’s application on the ground that they are offensive.

Jime is challenging the return of Ortom as governor of Benue State at the tribunal while PDP and INEC are joined as second and third respondents in the petition.

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At the resumption of pre-hearing trial over the weekend, Ortom, who was represented by Edward Ashiekaa SAN, stressed that entertaining the petition would amount to waste of time.

E.O.B Offiong SAN and Chris Uche SAN who represented INEC and PDP respectively, did not oppose the application.

Meanwhile, counsel to Jime, Sunday Ibrahim Ameh, subsequently filed a 19-paragraph counter affidavit to oppose the preliminary objection.

By Babatunde Alao…

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