Benue governor expresses confidence in Supreme court

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Supreme Court will on Friday, January 15, rule on the petition filed by the Benue state Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Terhemen Tazoor, against the election of Governor Samuel Ortom in the April 11 Governorship poll.

Ahead of the court’s ruling, Governor Ortom says he will scale through the hurdle, because he believes in Nigeria’s judiciary.

He gave the assurance in an interview with State House Correspondents, shortly after paying a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Benue state Governor said he was sure of victory at the apex court, having emerged victorious at the state Governorship election petition tribunal and the appellate court.

“My Opponents took me to the tribunal, I defeated them, they took me to the appeal court, and I also defeated them. I believe that the judgment of the Supreme Court would be given in my favour because I have fulfilled all the needed conditions and I believe in the judicial system of Nigeria and I believe that I will attain justice at the end of the day,” Ortom stated.

Governor Ortom pleaded with his supporters and the people of the state to remain calm, because the grounds on which his victory was being challenged was not a good one.

“Everyone should remain calm. It shall be well. My opponents are not even challenging the election itself. They are talking about nomination. I did fulfill all the conditions for my nomination. They are not members of my party, the All Progressives Congress, APC so they do not know the workings of our party. I was legitimately nominated by the APC as its Governorship candidate for Benue state and I went through the process,” he said.

Commenting on the outbreak of Lassa fever, Governor Ortom said the only case discovered in Benue state had been contained.

“Benue is affected. We have one case right now but is under control. Rat, which is a major carrier of this disease, is a delicacy in Benue state. Although I found it difficult, I have urged our people to suspend eating rat until further notice,” the governor said.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health had last week confirmed the presence of the disease in ten states of the country.

In the meantime, measures are being taken by the government to contain the pandemic.