Saturday, 19 December 2015

Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in #Benue Governorship Dispute

The Supreme Court has fixed January 11, 2016 as date for hearing of the appeal filed by the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 governorship election in Benue State, Dr. Terhemen Tarzoor, challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal which dismissed his appeal in November.

Tarzoor had appealed against an earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Makurdi which had, on the September 21, 2015, dismissed his petition.

It will be recalled that Tarzoor had presented a petition before the tribunal challenging the qualification of the APC from presenting a candidate in the election, claiming that the party did not hold any primary election known to law for the selection of its candidate for the governorship election.

Following the dismissal of his appeal by the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, Tarzoor, had late last month filed a notice, containing 18 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court, indicating specific areas where the appellate court erred in its decision, which ultimately led to the dismissal of his appeal and requested the apex court to uphold the appeal.

When the case came up for mention at the Supreme Court yesterday, counsel to Mr. Tarzoor, Joy Adesina (SAN), informed the court that parties had not concluded the exchange of processes, saying filing of processes before the court shall close on the December 21.

The respondents’ counsel, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), Sebastian Hon (SAN) and Prof. Tony Ijohor for the first, second and third respondents respectively did not object to the position of the appellants counsel for the leave of the court to allow parties complete filings.

The Supreme Court panel led by Walter Onoghen, adjourned the matter to  January 11, 2016 for hearing with a promise that judgment shall be delivered before the expiration of the mandatory sixty days aloud by law which terminates on January 16, 2016.

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