The Court of Appeal seating in Makurdi, today upheld the election of Barr Emmanuel Orker jev as the senator representing Benue North West.
The court dismissed the appeal filed by former governor of Benue state Sen George Akume of the All Progressive Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Barr Orker Jev as senator by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The Tribunal had earlier dismissed the petition filed by Akume challenging the election of Barr Orker Jev of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9th election.
Unsatisfied with the tribunal ruling, Akume, the immediate past Senator and former minority leader in the Senate approached the Appeal Court challenging the judgement of the lower court.
In the judgement, the three-man panel led by Justice I G Mbaba upheld the judgment of the Tribunal on the grounds that the appellant”s Appeal lacked merit and was also not able to proof his case. In the judgement it was concluded that all evidence were based on Hearsay.
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