The Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, January 15, has dismissed the case filed by Prince Terhemen Tarzoor, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last gubernatorial election in Benue state against Governor Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The verdict of the apex court is coming few months after the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, on November 18, 2015, upheld the verdict of the election petition tribunal which affirmed the qualification and election of Ortom as the state governor.
Prince Tarzoor, had asked the court to reverse the tribunal’s judgement and declare him winner of the April governorship election in the state, arguing that the tribunal erred in its judgment insisting that Ortom was not qualified to run in the election.
However, a seven-man panel of judges led by Justice Nwali Ngwuta, dismissed the appeal by Tarzoor, on the grounds that his party lacks the locus standi to institute the suit.
The judge held that Mr. Tarzoor was not a member of the APC and therefore could not contest the nomination and sponsorship of Mr. Ortom.