Friday, 15 January 2016

Supreme Court Upholds Ortom’s Election As Benue Governor

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress as the Governor of Benue State.

In upholding the election, the court dismissed the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor, in which he claimed that Ortom emerged as the governorship candidate of the APC without being registered as a member of the party.

The court, however, said Tarzoor had no case as he was not a member of the APC.

Tarzoo had headed to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi upheld the verdict of the Benue State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which affirmed the qualification and election of Ortom as governor of the state.

Tarzoor had asked the court to reverse the tribunal’s judgment and declare him winner of the April 11 election.