Ortom, Fintiri win at Supreme Court/ Ortom

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the elections of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Adamawa State counterpart, Ahmadu Fintiri.

The follows dismissal of opposition’s petitions challenging the elections of both governors during the last governorship elections in the two states by the apex court.

The court dismissed the petition by candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, seeking nullification of Ortom’s victory at the polls, noting it lacked merit.

The opposition candidate had alleged the Benue State governor failed to comply with the provisions of Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, while also noting irregularities in the use of Smart Card Readers during the polls.

Ortom’s counsel, Sebastine Hon, had however, prayed the court to dismiss the allegations, noting “the appeal is overwhelmingly dependent on the card reader. The appellants’ case swims and sinks with the card reader.”

“However, the tribunal struck out the evidence of P59 through whom they tendered the card reader report.

“Appellants appealed to the court of appeal against that ruling but they willingly withdrew it and it was dismissed,” he added.

Delivering the court’s verdict, the judge, Sylvester Nwuta, said: “I have considered all the issues in this appeal and I agree with learned counsel for the respondents that the cocurrent judgment of the tribunal and the court of appeal should not be disturbed.”

Similar scenario also played out in the case of Adamawa as the apex court dismissed petition by APC candidate at the guber polls, Jibrilla Bindow, against the victory of Fintiri.