PDP Rejects Benue Tribunal Judgment, Goes To Appeal Court

By Damilare Adeleye

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal affirming the election of Governor Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party, in a statement Saturday by its state Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, said a review with its team of lawyers indicated that the ruling did not meet the requirements of substantive justice.

The reaction came hours after the tribunal sitting in Makurdi upheld Alia’s election.

PDP further argued that the verdict was not in alignment with extant electoral laws, guidelines and regulations.

“The party has accordingly directed its lawyers to appeal the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja within the timeframe specified by law,” the statement said.

“Our great party urges its teeming supporters across the state to be calm and of good cheer in the faith that though the walk to justice may be long, the goal of reclaiming the Governorship mandate will surely be achieved in the end,” the statement added.