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Benue PDP Rejects Tribunal’s Verdict and Seeks Legal Redress in Governorship Election Dispute



Benue PDP Rejects Tribunal's Verdict and Seeks Legal Redress in Governorship Election Dispute

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially expressed its disapproval of the recent judgment delivered by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which affirmed the victory of Governor Hyacinth Alia from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This announcement was made shortly after the tribunal in Makurdi, the state capital, upheld Governor Alia’s election and dismissed the PDP’s petition on the grounds of lacking merit. In a press statement released Saturday, the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, confirmed that the PDP intends to pursue legal recourse by appealing the tribunal’s decision at the Court of Appeal.

After a thorough evaluation with its legal team, the PDP expressed dissatisfaction with the tribunal’s ruling, citing concerns that the judgment did not align with the principles of substantive justice. Additionally, the party argued that the verdict failed to conform to the existing electoral laws, guidelines, and regulations.

In response to these reservations, the PDP has instructed its legal representatives to initiate an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, adhering to the specified legal timeframe.

The official statement released by the party read: “The 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 state governor 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.

“The party has accordingly directed its lawyers to appeal the judgment 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.”

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