April 30, 2015

GOV POLL: Benue PDP candidate challenges result

Gov. Ortom of Benue State

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the last general elections, in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor has petitioned the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the election of Dr. Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress.

Tarzoor’s petition was filed yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital by, his Counsel, Mr. Titus Hyungu.

Hyungu told reporters that his client was challenging Ortom’s election on the grounds that it contravened Sections 177 of the 1999 Constitution and 138 of the Electoral Act.

“We are challenging the outcome of the election in line with the directive of the National Secretariat of the PDP that all aggrieved candidates should seek legal redress rather than resort to self help.

“Besides, we are convinced that the APC governorship candidate as at the time of that election was not qualified to run in the first place and his election failed to meet the condition precedent as stipulated in Sections 177 of the 1999 Constitution and 138 of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended,’’ he said.

He said his client’s three prayers before the tribunal were that since the APC candidate was not properly nominated to run on the platform of the party, the court should declare the votes he garnered at the governorship election as invalid.

“We are also asking that he should be disqualified and the Certificate of Return issued him withdrawn and re-issued to the PDP candidate who was validly nominated by his party and was the runner up in that election.”