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Update from Supreme Court hearing on Jime Vs Ortom’s Petition


Update from Supreme Court hearing on Jime Vs Ortom's Petition

The Supreme court was today filled to it brim as the apex court began the hearing on the appeal filled by Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressive Congress against the declaration of Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the 2019 election.

As early as 8:am, supporters of both candidates were already at the court premises amid tight security.

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The case today is actually for hearing and not Judgement. A registrar of the court has just announced that all civil appeals are stepped down for a date to be communicated to the parties.

Counsel to Appellant, Emmanuel Jime, argues that number of accredited voters MUST tally with number of votes cast at a polling unit, upon which he seeks to establish a case of irregularities in their Appeal.

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Learned Justice of the Court observes that it is the discretion of a voter to decide to vote or not to vote after having been accredited, in which case the number of accredited voters may not necessarily be same as number of votes cast.

The court however, adjourned the case till 2pm today.


Also in attendance was Senators Abba Moro, Orker Jev and the Benue PDP chairman, John Ngbede.



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