Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Ortom enters defense at election tribunal

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has filed his defense to the petition against him by the APC governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime, alleging irregularities in the just concluded guber elections.

Ortom’s defence was filed last Wednesday, at exactly 7:35pm by Sebastine Hon SAN and Edward Ashiekaa SAN, in company of a host of other lawyers.

The Abuja Inquirer reports that Governor Ortom's response filed at the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, was printed in volumes with the smallest of them being 117 pages.

Submitting the defence at the tribunal, the governor's lead counsel, Hon, expressed optimism in the victory of Governor Ortom at the tribunal as, according to him, the legal team has filed a rock-solid defence.

Hon said, "We have had a couple of sleepless nights and we have worked tirelessly to print out these volumes that we are submitting today, being the 8th of April. We are well within time and we wish ourselves success.”

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Benue State, Mr Michael Gusa expressed confidence in the defence put together by the legal team.

He added that the leader of the team has been properly briefed "we believe he has done justice to the petition and we are hopeful that by the Grace of God, victory of the governor at the tribunal is assured."

 

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