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Why I Appealed Benue Tribunal Judgment -Tarzoor

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 12:27 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Tor Vande-Acka Makurdi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the April, 2015 governorship elections in Benue state, Terhemen Tarzoor said he decided to go to the Appeal Court because the judgment handed down by the Governorship elections tribunal in the state was a “miscarriage of justice.”

The PDP candidate had gone to Benue Election Petition Tribunal challenging the candidature of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the tribunal. Tarzoor who was reacting to the ruling handed down by the tribunal a couple of weeks ago said he was “dissatisfied with the decision of the governorship election petition tribunal.”

In a statement issued and signed by Tarzoor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), C. T. Hwande last weekend said a member of the petitioner’s legal team; Titus Hyundu filed the notice for the lead counsel, Adebayo Adenipekun, (SAN) last Friday.

He explained that the notice contains 13 grounds for appeal before the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, “challenging the decision of the lower tribunal to dismiss the appellant’s petition” While he described the ruling by the tribunal as “a miscarriage of justice”, the PDP candidate decried the situation where the Justice Elizabeth Karatu led tribunal gave reason that it dismissed the petition because “the petitioner failed to seek as one of its reliefs, the conduct of a fresh election.”

Also speaking to a cross section of reporters, Hyundu expressed confidence in the appellate court, adding that the court has “a renowned history of prompt and accurate dispensation of justice”

Hyundu who is also a former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the state patted the Court of Appeal, Makurdi for dismissing the appeal brought before it by Governor Ortom and two others “challenging the admissibility of the DVD tendered by the petitioner as evidence before the tribunal.”

The legal practitioner who argued that the appellant court is a bastion of hope for the common man in his quest for real justice, stressed that “no matter how tortuous the journey for justice may seem to be, it will definitely lead to victory.” He called on Tarzoor’s supporters to remain courageous but law.

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