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Court dismisses suit challenging Benue APC guber primary election


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Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi presided over by Justice Hassan Dikko has dismissed the suit filed by Prof. Terhemba Shija of the All Progressives Congress, APC challenging the emerges Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia as the governorship candidate of the party, for lacking in merit.

Prof. Shija had approached the courts seeking the nullification of the primary election of his party that produced Fr. Alia on the grounds that the process failed to meet the guidelines as stipulated in the Electoral Act and the APC’s rules guiding the conduct of the party’s primaries.


Delivering judgement in the matter Thursday, Jutsice Dikko who resolved all other issues in favour of the plaintiff, however, queried the locus of the plaintiff to challenge the outcome of a process he claimed did not hold.

He held that “the plaintiff cannot claim that an election did not hold and at the same time ask that the result be nullified.”


Justice Dikko who further held that the plaintiff failed to prove his case said, “after a critical review of all the exhibits tendered before the court, it is my firm view that the party conducted a valid gubernatorial primary election in 11 Local Government Areas, LGAs, on the 26, 27 and 28 of May 2022 and equally conducted a valid rerun in 11 LGAs on June 9, 2022.

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