The election of Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has been validated by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja.
The court affirmed Alia’s election on Monday while delivering judgment in the appeal brought before it by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18 governorship election, Titus Uba.
Uba had approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the Benue State Governorship Election Tribunal, which upheld Alia’s election.
At the tribunal, Uba among other things alleged that Alia’s deputy, Samuel Ode, presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission contrary to Section 182(1)(j) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
He also claimed that Alia’s name was submitted less than 180 days before the election date, and Ode was also not submitted to INEC after the party conducted a further re-run primary election.