By Ayo Fadimu
The Supreme Court has upheld the elections of Samuel Ortom and Ahmad Fintiri of Benue and Adamawa States respectively. The two governors are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In Benue’s case, 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), challenging Governor Ortom’s victory in the March 9 election last year.
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.
Similarly, the Supreme Court, while affirming Fintiri as the validly elected governor of Adamawa state held that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, Jibrilla Bindow, failed to prove their allegation that Fintri emerged through over-voting.
Justice Mohammed Dattijo who read the lead judgement of the seven-man panel of justices held that APC and Bindow did not prove that number of votes from the disputed 385 polling units, exceeded the total number of voters that were accredited with both the Smart Card Reader, the Voters Register and the Form EC8A.