Benue Guber: APC's Jime Wins In Court Against Ortom, PDP, INEC
Gov. Ortom and Jime. (Image Courtesy: The Sun Nigeria)

Appeals filed separately by the trio of Governor Samuel Ortom, Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were on Friday dismissed by the Appeals Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.

A cost of N200, 000 each was also awarded against the appellants.

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The trios are respondents in Emmanuel Jime and the APC petition at the tribunal in  Makurdi.

Led by Hon. Justice Jummai H. Sankey, the five-man panel, while dismissing the appeals in a unanimous decision, described the appeals as lacking in merit and abuse of court process.

INEC, Ortom and the PDP had, in separate appeals, approached the Court of appeal to challenge the decision of the lower court (Tribunal) to reserve ruling on applications file.

The appellants in different ways argued and submitted before the court that differing ruling on applications to the last day of judgment amounts to denial or breach of fair hearing.

But in its ruling, the court declared that the appellants failed to show course on how their right to fair hearing is breached or threatened.

“We have painstakingly looked at the arguments canvassed by the applicants but failed to see where and how their right for fair hearing is breached,” the court said.

“We rather found out that the cry for denial of fair hearing is speculative, and since speculation has no place in law, we hereby declare that this appeal is lacking in merit and is hereby dismissed.”

The Court of Appeal also said, “Counsels should educate their client on the need to wait till judgement is delivered at the lower court before approaching the appeal court.”