- DSS reacts to alleged re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court, says it was an orchestrated drama
- Hope for cardiac patients: medical breakthrough of 3D-printed heart gets backed by investor James Richman
- BREAKING: Intervene in Sowore’s case, SERAP writes US President, Trump
- JUST IN: IPOB ‘attacks’ Rotimi Amaechi in Spain
- BREAKING: IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu loses father
- BREAKING: DSS attempts to rearrest Sowore in court (VIDEO)
- BREAKING: Everton manager Marco Silva sacked
- BREAKING: DSS Finally Releases Sowore After 4 Months In Detention
- BREAKING: Senate passes 2020 Appropriation Bill, raises budget to N10.594trn
- BREAKING: Court orders DSS to transfer El-Zakzaky, wife to Kaduna Correctional Centre
Election Tribunal: Gov. Ortom closes case against Jime, APC
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Saturday closed his case in the suit instituted by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress challenging his re-election.
When the case resumed on Saturday morning, counsel to the Governor, Sebastine Hon, SAN, told the court that Governor Ortom had decided to close his case after taking a look at the evidence of the petitoners.
“After taking a critical look at the evidence provided by the petitioners, we have come to the inevitable conclusion that we will not be calling any further witnesses.”
Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, who was next in line to open his case asked the court to grant him Monday, August 19,2029 to open his defense, adding that he will call only five witnesses.
There was no objection from any counsels to the parties in the suit. The tribunal Chairman, Justice Henry Olusiyi thereafter adjourned the matter to Monday, August 19, 2019.
Speaking to journalists after the sitting, Governor Ortom who was at the tribunal in person, expressed confidence in the court to uphold justice as the 2019 governorship election in Benue State was free, fair and credible.
Also Speaking to journalists on why he decided to call only one witness, Counsel to Governor Ortom, Sebastine Hon said the statement on oath of the petitioner himself and his star witness for the whole state, Joe Abaagu were not signed, and substantial justice was done during cross examination of the petitioners’ witnesses.
He added that under Nigerian laws, the burden of proof rests on the petitioners.