Supreme Court Upholds Governor Ortom’s Election


SAN FRANCISCO, January 15, (THEWILL) – The election of a former minister of state for trade and investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom as Governor of Benue State was on Friday validated by the Supreme Court in a ruling that lasted barely 10 minutes.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the April 11 election, Mr. Terhemen Tazoor, had filed an appeal against Ortom's election, arguing that the winner of that election was not an All Progressives Congress, APC member as at the time he emerged as the party's governorship candidate.

He prayed the court to declare him winner of the election, insisting that the APC had no candidate in the election.

But Justice Sylvester Nguta, in his judgment, threw out the appeal, stressing that “the appellant (Tarzoor) has no locus standi to challenge the process of another party.”