The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the election of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the April 11 2015 governorship election held in the state.
Delivering judgment, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed the appeal brought by Terhemen Tazoor, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election.
Tazoor had approached the supreme court seeking to reverse the judgment of Benue State Governorship Election Petition and the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, which had both held that Ortom was validly elected as governor.
He had contended that that Ortom was not validly elected as governor because he was not an APC member at the time he emerged the party’s governorship candidate.
Tazoor and the PDP had, therefore, urged the Supreme Court to set aside the concurrent judgments of the courts below which had dismissed his petition for lacking in merit.
The apex court court is the final court in the governorship tussle between the two candidates, thereby putting paid to Tazoor’s governorship ambition.