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The  All Progressives Congress , APC, and its candidate for governor, Emmanuel Jime, closed the case on Thursday at the Benue Governorate Election Court after calling 59 witnesses.

NAN reports that the petitioner also delivered more than 1100 electoral documents, including forms EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D, EC8E, voter registrations and card reader reports, manuals and guidelines for election officials, 2019 in 384 voting units in 11 areas of local government in dispute.

Jime challenges the results declared in Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Konshisha, Kwande, Logo, Ukum, Ushongo, and Vandeikya.

Jime, while testifying in his defense as PW17, told the court to declare him the winner of the election because he obtained 2,224 votes more than Ortom.

The other motives of the petitioner were that a majority of legal votes did not duly elect governor Ortom and that his election was invalid due to the breach of the provisions of the amended Electoral Law of 2010.

The president of the Court, Judge Henry Olusiyi, postponed the hearing until August 8 for INEC to open his defense.

GISTOK had informed that the petition presented by Emanuel Jime against the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom had suffered another blow.

The court, headed by Judge Adebola Olusiyi on Thursday, asked Jime’s witness not to testify because his oath statement was not signed and duly commissioned.

A similar setback happened in the petition when another star witness, Barrister Joe Abagu, was rejected by the court because it was not signed.

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