Tribunal upholds rep mandate in Benue

The National/State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Makurdi has upheld the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives member, Samson Okwu.
The tribunal, yesterday, threw out the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC), flag bearer for Oju/Obi Federal Constituency, Étukwu Onah, for lack of merit.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mosunmola Dipeola, ruled that the petitioner failed in law to substantially prove that the election was marred by irregularities and not conducted in compliance with the Electoral Act.
She averred that the testimony of most of the petitioner’s witnesses were contradictory and based on a hearsay which cannot stand in the tripod of justice.
Dipeola said: “The court is not concerned with one crying wolf but proving your case with substantial evidence. In advance democracy where an election complies substantially with the law, the loser accepts defeats.”
Consequently, the tribunal dismissed the case and awarded a cost of N50, 000 to be paid to Okwu and the PDP.

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