- Leaders of the PDP have hailed Supreme Court judgement in Benue and Adamawa states
- The apex court had on Tuesday, January 21, affirmed the elections of Ortom and Fintiri
- One of those who hailed the court's verdict is ex-Senate president, David Mark
The ruling of the Supreme Court in Abuja that upheld the election victory of Benue governor, Samuel Ortom and Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa states, have thrown members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into wild jubilation.
The Sun reports that the apex court on Tuesday, January 21, affirmed the election of Samuel Ortom and Ahmadu Fintiri of Benue and Adamawa states respectively.
Legit.ng gathered that the appeals of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime and Jibrilla Bindow in the states were thrown into the dustbin for lacking in merit.
In his judgment, Justice Sylvester Nwuta said he considered all the issues in this appeal and agreed with learned counsel for the respondents that the concurrent judgment of the tribunal and the appeal court should not be disturbed.
The court also struck out the appeal Bindow, APC candidate in the Adamawa gubernatorial election, filed against the victory of Fintiri.
David Mark, an ex-Senate president the affirmation of Ortom’s victory was a validation of the mandate given to him by the people of Benue.
“The validation of your mandate by the Supreme Court is an affirmation of the trust reposed in you by the people of Benue State to serve them for their development, welfare and security,” he stated.
The former senator also reminded Jime that the battle for the plum position of governor of the state had been fought and won, and implored him to join hands with Ortom to develop the state.
“I have always maintained that everybody cannot be governor at the same time because there is only one seat. But whichever side of the coin one finds himself, he must remember that the interest, welfare and security of Benue and Nigerian people must be paramount,” Mark said.
The chairman of the PDP in Benue, John Ngbede, said the victory has affirmed that the judiciary is still intact and untainted.
He appealed to Jime and his party to join hands with the governor in moving the state forward, saying the victory was not only for the PDP, but for the whole state.
On his part, former Senate president, Iyorchia Ayu, described the affirmation of Governor Ortom was not surprising because he won overwhelmingly in the first election and in the rerun.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the election victory of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue was on Tuesday, January 21, upheld by the Supreme Court in Abuja.
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