Tribunal Returns Suswam in  Benue North East Senatorial Election

Tribunal Returns Suswam in  Benue North East Senatorial Election

Returns Suswam in   Senatorial Election

George  Okoh in  

The State Election has declared Senator Gabriel Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party () as the winner of the 25 February Senatorial election in the Benue Senatorial District. 

The tribunal ruled that Suswam scored majority of lawful votes.

Suswam the former Governor of contesting the return of Udende as Senator for Benue North East District on grounds that the latter did not score majority of lawful votes during the 25th February election.

In the majority judgment, Chairman of the panel, Honourable Justice Ory Zik-Ikeorha, and other two members held that Suswam and have fulfilled the requirement of the in proving their case of irregularities such as mutilation, non-signing of documents, non – inclusion of lawful votes among others.

Reacting to the judgment in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary Bemgba Iortyom, the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP hailed the tribunal for delivering substantial justice in the petition based on the facts and evidence rendered before in line with extant electoral laws, guidelines and regulations, thereby boosting public confidence in the judiciary.

The party said the victory of Senator Suswam serves to heighten the hopes that PDP will likewise reclaim the governorship of the state at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal through the judgment being awaited.

“The party rejoices over the victory won particularly as it re-establishes its dominance in the upper chamber membership composition of the in the state with two Senators out of three.

“Furthermore, the party is confident that the former Governor will deploy his wealth of experience and proven pedigree in the 9th Senate, to get back seamlessly into the of lawmaking in the 10th Senate for the good of his constituents, the party and at large”, the statement read.

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