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THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION ON GOV. ORTOM’S ELECTION AS GOVERNOR OF BENUE STATE

OrtomThe Supreme Court has upheld the election and return of Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State in a ruling that lasted less than 10 minutes. In a judgment

By Nguta J.S.C, the court dismissed the appeal by PDP candidate, Tazoor.

The PDP candidate had argued that Ortom was not a member of APC as at the time he emerged the APC flagbearer. He, therefore, asked the apex court to declare that APC had no candidate in the election and he be declared the winner.

The Supreme Court ruled that the PDP candidate had no legal capacity or locus standi to challenge the nomination and sponsorship of Gov. Ortom since he is not a member of APC.

It will be recalled that the Supreme Court last week had also dismissed the case brought by Alh. Shinkafi, the PDP candidate in Zamfara State who was challenging the due nomination and sponsor of Gov. Yari by APC in the last general election.

The Supreme Court described Alh. Shinkafi as a busybody person with no locus standi to challenge the nomination and sponsor of Gov. Yari by APC since Alh. Shinkafi is not a member of APC.

The Supreme Court stated that it is settled law that nomination and sponsorship of a candidate by his party is a domestic affair of that party and no stranger or non-party member will be allowed to intrude in them.

The Supreme Court relied on sections 85 and 87(9) of the electoral act and also the Supreme Court decisions in Daniel vs INEC, Onuoha vs Okafor, Uzodima vs Osita, e.t.c.

Now, Senator Aisha Alhassan of APC has gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the due nomination and sponsorship of Gov. Darius Ishaku by PDP.

What is your position???

Your guess is as good as ours in the light of the recent decisions of the Supreme Court on this issue of party primaries.

God Bless BY NIERUS JOHNSON ESQ AND DICKENS DAYE ESQ

 

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