- The Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, of the Benue State chapter of the PDP, has rejected the tribunal’s verdict
- The party has instructed its lawyers to appeal the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, within the legal timeframe
Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia’s election as governor of Benue State was recognised by the governorship election tribunal’s ruling, but the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, has rejected this decision.
The appeal filed by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Titus Uba, challenging the election of Alia of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was dismissed by the Governorship Election appeal Tribunal sitting in Makurdi on Saturday.
The panel declared the petition ineligible.
The Benue State chapter of the PDP rejected the tribunal’s verdict in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom.
The statement read, “After a review of the judgement with its team of lawyers, PDP believes that it does not meet the requirements of substantive justice and is not in alignment with extant electoral laws, guidelines and regulations.
” The party has accordingly directed its lawyers to appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal, Abuja within the timeframe specified by law.
“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”.