Tribunal: Benue State Awaits Ortom’s Fate #Beekhaybee

The people of Benue state will be waiting
anxiously as the governorship election
petition tribunal in the state fixed today for
the ruling in a suit brought by the Peoples
Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate,
Terhemen Tazoora, challenging Governor Samuel Ortom’s election. Tribunal: Benue State Awaits Ortom’s Fate The two gladiators: Samuel Ortom and Terhemen
Tazoora Tarzoor had filed a case at the tribunal through
his counsel, Joy Adesino (SAN), challenging the
eligibility of Ortom to contest the gubernatorial
polls in the state, praying the tribunal to declare
Ortom’s votes invalid and declare him the
winner. READ ALSO: How Cabal Colluded With INEC To Twist Election Result- Onuoha The tribunal’s ruling today will however, focus
on whether or not the question of jurisdiction
raised by Ortom, the All Progressives Congress
and the Independent National Electoral
Commission and the substantive petition will be
resolved together. Tarzoor’s lawyer submitted that the defendants,
Ortom, APC, INEC, should not be allowed to move
their motion which is challenging the jurisdiction
of the tribunal separately from the substantive
petition at the pre-trial session conducted
yesterday. She argued that Section 12(5) of the 1st
Schedule to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended)
was constructed so that cases of preliminary
objection should be taken alongside the
substantive motion to correct cases of mischief
which she said were inherent before the 2010 amendment. READ ALSO: Benue Lawmakers Trade Blows In State House of Assembly In the alternative, she prayed the tribunal to
defer ruling on the question of jurisdiction and
take the decision alongside the substantive
motion, National Mirror reports. But Ortom’s counsel ,Chief Adeniyi Akintola, said
issues of jurisdiction must first of all be
determined whenever they are raised, arguing
that the objection has nothing to do with Section
12(5) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). According to Akintola, Paragraph 1,2,3, and 7 of
the Election Tribunal and Parties Direction
Procedure gives the tribunal the discretion on
the issue in question submitting that it is not
correct to say that because of Paragraph 12(5)
of the 1st Schedule to the Electoral Act, the court is barred from hearing his preliminary objection. READ ALSO: Election Tribunal Removes Edo APC Lawmaker Meanwhile, Ortom has been given the green light
to borrow N10 billion by the Benue state house
of assembly, due to the lingering financial crisis in the state.