Benue State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the state capital has adjourned till August 3rd, 2015 to commence hearing in the petition brought before it by Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor, the defeated gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Tarzoor is contesting the election of the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom on the grounds that he was not qualified to contest under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
At yesterday’s sitting, Tarzoor through his counsel, Tunde Babalola announced the withdrawal of his earlier motion for inspection of Independent Electoral Commission, INEC materials used during the conduct of the April 11 election.
Babalola explained that the materials had already been gotten from INEC as they are pleaded in the petition.
Counsels to all the respondents, including Adeniyi Akintola for Ortom, Sabastian Hon for APC and Anthony Ijohor did not oppose the withdrawal of the motion.
Therefore, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Karatu granted withdrawal of the motion.
Also during the proceeding, Sabastian Hon, SAN brought a motion seeking to delete paragraph 10 (C) in the reply of the petitioner. The motion was not opposed by Tarzoor, Ortom and INEC and it was granted by the tribunal.
Before adjourning, the tribunal arranged issues for determination during the hearing amongst them; whether it has the jurisdiction to hear the case and whether or not Ortom was lawfully declared and returned winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship election.
The tribunal chairman also ordered all parties to inspect INEC materials on Wednesday and report back to them.

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