The Caretaker Chairman of Ado Local Government Area, Hon. James Ogaba Oche has stated reasons why the Supreme Court Verdict on Imo State between Senator Hope Uzodinma and Hon. Emeka Ihedioha will not apply to the Executive Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom.
Below are the reasons the Local Government team of legal advisers outlined.
1. We have observed keenly, the Supreme Court verdict in the Imo Governorship case and while we submit to the ruling of the highest court in the land as being legally correct, we wish to express our regret that, in contention of the extant laws and legal justification, same verdict is likely not to apply to the Benue scenario.
2. The oversight of the PDP legal team of Imo in filing a Cross Appeal against the questionable results sought to be included by the APC informed the decision of the Supreme Court yesterday in contemplation of the provisions of the Electoral Act and decided authorities that restrain Collation Officers/Returning Officers from canceling results duly signed by Presiding Officers.
3. In the case of Benue State, there is hardly any trace of cancelled votes sought to be accepted by the courts from the APC. More so that, a cross-petition has equally been filed by the erudite team of PDP Lawyers in Benue State against some of the corrupt practices and substantial noncompliance with extant laws governing elections in Nigeria perpetuated by the APC.
4. Our legally earned votes have been accepted hence same were duly certified by presiding officers and cannot be cancelled in the other way round.
5. It is against this backdrop that we urge the PDP family, especially in Benue State to remain steadfast in pushing off all forms of emotional blackmail from members of the APC of a possible overturn of our overwhelming victory.
6. We express our firm resolve to stand for and by our workaholic Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Orton to rule Benue faithfully till 2023.
Thank you all and God bless
The Team of Legal Advisers,
Ado Local Government Council
Wednesday 15 January, 2020.
The statement reads.