The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an appeal brought before it by the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Titus Uba challenging the election of Hyacinth Alia as the elected Governor of Benue State.
The Appellate Court in a unanimous judgment delivered on Monday, resolved all the three issues formulated for determination against Uba and PDP for various reasons.
Justice Onyekachi Aja Otisi who delivered the lead judgment of the three-member panel of Justices of the appellate court, dismissed the allegations of non-qualifications made by Uba against the Deputy Governor, Samuel Ode.
Justice Otisi held that the PDP gubernatorial candidate failed to establish forgery of INEC form EC9 by Ode beyond reasonable doubt as required by law.
Among others, the Court held that issues of non-qualifications are pre-election matters which can only be challenged at a Federal High Court and not at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as done by Uba.
In the final analysis, Justice Otisi held that the appeal of Uba against the judgment of the Benue State Election Petition Tribunal delivered on 23rd of September lacked merit and was dismissed.