Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the April 11 governorship election in Benue State, Mr Terhemen Tarzoor has dragged the governor-elect, Dr Samuel Ortom, before the National and State Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi, praying the tribunal to declare him winner of the election as Ortom, who contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, according to him, was not validly nominated by the APC.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the premises of the tribunal after filing the case on behalf of Tarzoor, Barr. Titus Hyundu also prayed the tribunal to declare that Ortom was not qualified to contest the election on the platform of the APC and therefore, all the votes he garnered should be considered invalid votes while Tarzoor who was the runner up should be declared winner because his votes were valid since he was validly nominated by his party, the PDP.
Barr Hyundu also prayed INEC to withdraw the certificate of return given to the governor-elect and give it to Tarzoor who he said scored majority of valid votes, stressing that it was given to Ortom in error.
When reminded that the outgoing governor of the state, Dr Gabriel Suswam had promised that PDP would not challenge Ortom’s victory in court, Hyundu said Suswam might have been quoted out of contest because the national secretariat of the PDP had advised all aggrieved candidates to go the tribunal instead of resorting to self help.
He said it was in above light that Suswam is also challenging Senator Barnabas Gemade at the tribunal, stressing that “nothing forecloses Tarzoor’s chances of going to court because he is aggrieved.”
On whether the action is an abuse of court process since PDP is involved in a pre-election matter with Ortom at the Federal High Court, Makurdi, which is similar to Tarzoor’s case, Hyundu answered in the negative, saying Tarzoor was not a party to that case while PDP was also not a party to the instant suit.
It would be recalled that APC’s gubernatorial primary last year was aborted by a court order occasioned by the non-inclusion of Professor Steve Ugbah’s name on the list of the party’s guber aspirants.
The party gave the following day as date for the primary but when INEC went there to supervise, it did not find any such exercise going on at the party secretariat.
It was, however, gathered that the primary was conducted at the lawn tennis court of a resident of Judges Quarters in Makurdi.

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