The premises of Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi has witnessed tight security as heavily armed security personnel manned the different entry points.
The tribunal is delivering judgment in the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Mr. Emmanuel Jime.
Jime is challenging the return of Governor Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as winner of the 2019 governorship election conducted in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In the petition marked EPT/BN/GOV/01/2019, Jime is alleging that the election was marred with irregularities, over-voting, non-compliance with the Electoral Act among others.
He had prayed the court to declare him winner of that election since he scored majority of votes at the poll, with a margin of only 2,224 votes.
Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Henry Olusiyi had adjourned the matter to today, October 7, 2019, for judgment.
All entry points close to the court area, beginning from Woodland Park to the Central Bank Junction were blocked by a combined security team of the police, Civil Defence, Immigration and others.
At the gate into the court, people were drilled and screened by security officers and only those with passes were allowed to go in.
Our correspondent observed that supporters of both candidates were all standing far away on the street from where they are waiting for the outcome of the judgment.