Insinuations are rife that the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom who jetted out to the United States of America last Wednesday in company of President Muhammadu Buhari plans to beg Hon Terhemen Tarzoor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, studying at Harvard University, not to appeal against the judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal last Monday.
Unless the president agrees to pick the bill, the trip will further deplete the already dwindling purse of the state due to the reduction in allocation from the federation account.
It would be recalled that the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, had in a statement said the President, who was personally invited by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, during his last official visit to Nigeria, will be accompanied by the governors of Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger as well as Permanent Secretaries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investments.
However, it was gathered that Ortom smuggled his way on the President’s entourage to the New York meeting where he was expected to address world leaders on the issue of insecurity, especially the Boko Haram insurgency.
He is expected to adopt the same principle he used on Hon Emmanuel Jime and JKN Waku, who had challenged his candidature of the APC at the Federal High Court Abuja on Tarzoor to stand down his appeal.
Tarzoor, who lost to Ortom in the April 11, guber election had prayed the tribunal to declare him the winner since Ortom, according to him, was not qualified to contest.
The tribunal upheld the election of Governor Ortom for failure by Tarzoor to substantially prove his case that Ortom did not qualify to contest the election on grounds of not having been properly nominated as the APC candidate in line with the Electoral Act.
Meanwhile, Tarzoor has already filed his appeal at the Court of Appeal, challenging the decision of the tribunal.