However, the tribunal threw out Jime’s case for failing to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.
Reading the judgment on Monday evening, Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Henry Olusiyi, said Jime’s request for nullification of Ortom’s election lacked merit and “hereby dismissed outrightly.”
How Sen. Abba Moro reacted as tribunal takes decision on Gov. Ortom’s election
Abba Moro, Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District has congratulated the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on his victory at the election tribunal.
A statement by Moro’s Special Assistant on New Media, Emmanuel Eche-Ofun John said the lawmaker
“is happy that the Governor won at both the polls and the tribunal, which further confirmed that the people of Benue State willingly gave him their mandate in the last election.
“He prays for wisdom for the Governor to deliver on his campaign promises, to leave Benue better than he met it.
“He also urged the Governor to continue with his developmental strides to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of Benue State.”
Tribunal judgment is victory for our people – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom says the judgment of the Benue State Governorship Election Tribunal is victory for the people of the state who elected him for a second term.
The Governor states that the verdict of the tribunal has confirmed the unanimous decision of Benue voters and has proven that his re-election was credible.
He returns all the glory and praise to God Almighty for honouring him with the mandate to lead the state for another term.
Governor Ortom also appreciates the leadership and members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state, as well as other Benue people for the support given to him before, during and after the polls.
He specifically commends his Legal Team for its sterling performance during proceedings of the tribunal to secure the mandate.
The Governor declares that the victory at the tribunal is for every Benue person. He stresses that the task of building the state is the responsibility of all its people.
Governor Ortom extends a hand of fellowship to the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC for the 2019 governorship election, Barrister Emmanuel Jime and other contestants in the election.
He maintains that politics is over; now is time for governance, and gives assurance that his administration is willing to collaborate with Benue sons and daughters irrespective of political differences, ethnicity, religion and place of origin.
He restates the commitment of the present administration to the provision of selfless service to the people.