The election petitions tribunal in sitting in Makurdi, Benue state, has upheld the victory of Senator Gabriel Suswam in the Benue Northeast senatorial district election. The tribunal upheld Senator Gabriel Suswam’s victory as senator representing Benue Northeast. The three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Odugu on Tuesday, September 3, dismissed the petition of the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mimi Orubibi, challenging the election of the former governor in the February 23 polls. The Tribunal also dismissed the petition on the grounds that the petitioner failed to prove allegations of criminality in the electoral process such as vote rigging and buying. It, therefore, awarded the cost of N100,000 against the petitioner and upheld the victory of Senator Suswam who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Reacting to the tribunal’s ruling, counsels to Senator Suswam, Andrew Wombo, and that of Orubibi, Frank Noomor, disagreed on the interpretation of Section 138 of the Electoral Act and the need to test the outcome of the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Orubibi’s counsel, however, said the tribunal’s ruling will be contested at the Court of Appeal.

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