The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal’s decision affirming the election of Governor Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been rejected by the Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has said it will appeal the decision to the Court of Appeal.
The party claimed that a review by its legal team revealed that the judgement did not uphold the standards of substantive justice in a statement released on Saturday by Bemgba Iortyom, its state publicity secretary.
It also claimed that the verdict did not follow the rules, guidelines, and laws governing elections at the time.
“Benue State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects the judgment passed by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissing the party’s petition and that of its Governorship Candidate, Engr. Titus Tyoapine Uba, challenging the return of Hyacinth Alia as Governor of the state at the 2023 elections. After a review of the judgment 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,” PDP’s statement partly read.
News About Nigeria had earlier reported that the Benue State Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi has dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Titus Uba against the victory of Governor Hyacinth Alia in the March 18, 2023 election.
The tribunal upheld the election of Alia of the All Progressives Congress, APC, noting that petitions against him were incompetent and lacked merit.