The Governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Benue has fixed May 28 to commence pre-trial on the only governorship petition before it.
In the petition filed by Mr Sunday Ameh (SAN), Jime is asking the tribunal to upturn Ortom’s victory and declare him winner having scored the highest number of lawful votes cast.
Mr Michael Gusa, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Benue, has however said that the governor was sure of victory at the tribunal.
“We are very hopeful of victory. The governor’s team of lawyers has raised a preliminary objection asking the court to dismiss the petition for lack of merit,” Gusa had told NAN while filing Ortom’s defense.
NAN reports that Ortom had polled 434,473 votes to defeat Jime, who garnered 345,155 votes .
Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Ephraims Sheyin