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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

The Benue State Governorship Tribunal has upheld the re-election of Samuel Ortom as the governor of the Food Basket of the nation.

The tribunal gave the verdict on Monday after a panel dismissed the petition of the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.

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Concise News reports that Jime had dragged Governor Ortom and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the tribunal on the grounds that the elections were marred by substantial irregularities.

He had also argued that the polls were not conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The petitioner’s other grounds were; that Gov Ortom was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes and that his election was invalid by reason of non- compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The petitioner’s alternative reliefs were that; the elections be nullified for substantial non- compliance with the electoral act across the polling units where electoral infringements took place.

They are further asking the court to order fresh elections if the results of the affected polling units identified in the petition affect the entire result.

Also speaking to newsmen at the tribunal, Dr Sam Ode, APC deputy governorship candidate says they had raised genuine issues that would give them justice at the end of the day.

Furthermore, Ode says they did not have any personal issues against Governor Ortom and commends the Benue people for their peaceful conduct during the polls.

“We are acting within the law and until the declaration of Ortom is upturned, we will cooperate with him and Benue citizens, what we need in Benue is development, peace and the welfare of our citizens is paramount.

“So we don’t have anything personal against Ortom, the issues we have are purely political and purely issues that border on the welfare and future of Benue people. We are all partners in progress”.