- Solomon Wombo, Benue APC’s candidate for House of Reps seat in Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency has lost at the appeal court
- Wombo and his party had claimed that the election which was won Richard Gbande of the PDP was marred with irregularities
- The appeal court, however, affirmed Gbande’s election, saying Wombo and his party failed to prove their allegations
Though the 2019 general elections have been concluded, political parties still continue to count their gains and losses as court gives verdicts on some of the results of the elections being contested at elections petition tribunals.
Shortly after the conduct of elections in the country, tribunals are, according to electoral laws, set up to allow the candidates to seek redress if they have issues regarding the conduct and the result of the election.
Following the established law, Solomon Wombo of who contested for House of Representatives seat to represent Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency in Benue on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged the election of Richard Gbande of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
PDP’s Gbande had defeated the candidate of the APC in the election. However, Wombo and his party claimed that Gbande’s election was not credible, alleging that there were cases of over-voting.
They also claimed that the election was marred with violence and intimidation and asked the court to upturn the election.
After failing to get a favourable ruling at the tribunal, Wombo and his party headed to the appeal court to further seek redress.
However, in a ruling delivered on Friday, October 25, the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi affirmed Gbande’s election and dismissed Wombo and APC’s petition, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The lead judge, Justice J. E. Ekanem upheld the tribunal’s decision, ruling that Wombo’ appeal lacked merit, adding that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations.
The APC and its candidate are yet to react to the verdict as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the election of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue was on Monday, October 7, affirmed by the election petition tribunal.
The tribunal affirmed Ortom as the clear winner of the governorship election held in the state, knocking out the petition brought before it by the candidate of the APC, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.
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