Court To Decide Appeal Against Ortom
The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital and presided over by Justice Muhammed Garba has reserved judgment for appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) candidate, Prince Terhemen Tarzoor challenging the validity of the earlier judgment passed by Tribunal in favor of Governor Samuel Ortom of the APC.
The judgment was reserved yesterday Friday after parties in the appeal adopted their briefs of arguments, moved their motions as well as preliminary objection taken by counsels to Ortom led by Adeniyi Akintola, SAN.
While moving his appeal, Tarzoor’s Counsel, Adebayo Adenipekun, urged the court to rule that APC did not conduct governorship primary election for Benue State hence the said nomination of Ortom was invalid by reason of non-compliance with Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He also submitted that Ortom in his reply to the petition at the lower tribunal admitted that his party neither conducted a direct nor indirect primary election but a consensus primary where he emerged arguing that consensus has no place in law.
But, Ortom’s counsel, Akintola SAN argued that his client and his party, APC in a cross-appeal questioned the competence of Tarzoor’s appeal having respectively adopted their briefs of argument asking the court to allow their cross-appeal and dismiss the appellants’ appeal.