Benue: Ortom Sends Message To Akume's Rival On Appeal Court Victory
Benue’s Ortom (Photo: Terver Akase/Facebook)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has congratulated the senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial District, Senator Orker Jev, on his Appeal Court victory, Concise News reports.

The governor’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase in Makurdi.

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The Court of Appeal, sitting in Makurdi, had earlier upheld the election of Jev and dismissed the petition of the petitioner for lacking in merit.

Ortom, in the statement, said that the judgment had confirmed the popular decision of the people of Benue North-West Senatorial District during the 2019 elections.

The governor also congratulated the member representing Guma State Constituency, Williams Ortyom, who also emerged victorious at the Court of Appeal in the petition filed against his election by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

He urged Jev and Ortyom to justify the confidence which their constituents reposed in them by giving quality representation at the National and State Assemblies.

Jev had defeated George Akume in the February 23 Benue North-West Senatorial District election.

Justice Jumai Sankey of the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, presiding on the case between Senator Akume of the APC and Senator Orker-Jev of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had reserved ruling on the case.

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, had also thrown out the petition filed by Akume challenging the victory of Orker-Jev.

Refusing to accept defeat, Akume, who is the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, filed an appeal, praying the court to set aside the ruling of the tribunal.

Lead counsel to the appellant, Isiaka Dikko (SAN), on his part submitted that the tribunal erred by failing to remove the unlawful votes in the total votes cast at the polls.

“If those votes were removed, Akume would be declared winner,” he insisted.