Supreme Court Affirms Ortom, Fintiri As Benue, Adamawa Governors

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.

A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.

The Supreme Court has also upheld the elections of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Adamawa Governor.

Members of the court’s seven-man panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, were unanimous in dismissing the appeals by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election.

Justice Dattijo Mohammed, who read the lead judgment in the appeal in relation to the Adamawa case, held that the appellants failed to prove their case.

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