The Court of Appeal sitting in makurdi has ordered All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct fresh primary election in eleven Local Government of Benue State for the nomination of its Gubernatorial Candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Delivery judgement In the appeal filed by one of the Aspirants on the platform of the APC, the court agreed with Prof. Shija in his assertion that there was no valid primary election held on the 27th of May by APC for the nomination of its Gubernatorial Candidate which Fr. Alia was declared winner.
The Court said so after evaluating evidence submitted by Professor Terhemba Shija which among many is the appeal panel report that sat after the primaries to hear issues of concern from aspirants in makurdi and made recommendations that the primary election was not valid.
However the Court agreed with APC on the rerun of 9th June 2022 which took part in twelve Local Government of the state saying it was very valid and still stands.
“Yes I have seen that APC did not conduct a valid primary election on the 27th of May 2022 reasons why the appeal panel ordered a fresh election that was conducted on the 9th of June 2022 in some Local Government. In the interest of justice, I can not allow those voters in the remaining Eleven Local Government to be disenfranchised, therefore, APC should go back and conduct elections in eleven Local Government Areas within 14days and INEC should recognise the winner after adding both election results as the gubernatorial candidate of the party”
The Local Government that fresh primary election was ordered by the Court are, Gboko, Gwer- East, Gwer-west Guma, Katsina, Logo Makurdi, Otukpo, Ukum,Tarka and Vandeikya Local Government Areas.
The Local Government that rerun was held on the 9th of June 2022 are, Buruku, Kwande, Agatu, Konshisha, Ogbadibo, Ushongo, Oju Okpokwu, Ado, Ohimini Obi and Apa Local Government.
The court ordered that the results of the 9th June 2022 and the one to be conducted afresh should be added and the winner with the highest number of votes should be declared winner.
Meanwhile the court had earlier in it’s judgment dismissed Prof. Shija Interlocutory Appeal against the Fr. Alia. The interlocutory appeal was against the ruling of the Federal High Court which refused the application of Prof Shija to bring in more facts and introduce more fresh issues into his Case.
In a similar Vain, the court dismissed Senator Barnabas Gemade appeal and upheld the judgement of Federal High Court which dismissed his suit against Fr Alia for Being Statute Barred.
The Appeal of PDP against APC House of Assembly Candidates and House of Representatives Candidates was Also dismissed. The court held that PDP has no locus standi whatsoever to meddle in APC or another political party’s affairs.