Governor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday filed his defence before the Governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi. Ortom, through Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Mr Michael Gusa, raised initial objections and asked 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.
He also went ahead by saying, “In fact in the first instance, we have seen a lot of infractions against the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, so we have raised initial objections that the case be dismissed and also gone ahead to attack the petition on the merit “. The lead counsel,
Mr Sabastine Hon SAN, said the governor filed his defence within time and has fulfilled his legal duty of attaching all the document he would be relying on in the course of the case. Mr Sabastine Hon SAN who defended the governor at the tribunal over the 2015 election said that the two cases have some prominent connections, although the circumstances are slightly different.