Tribunal dismisses Akume’s petition against Senator Orker Jev

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by former Senator representing Benue North West George Akume against Senator Emmanuel Orker Jev. Delivering judgement in the petition, Chairman of the Tribunal Justice R.O. Odugu held that the petitioners failed to prove in ground two of their petition that the election was marred by irregularities and non compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. Justice Odugu stated that the law is clear that where there are allegations against persons not joined, this would…

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Tor Tiv commends Buhari over Akume’s appointment

Paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Prof. James Ayatse, yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of a Tiv son, Senator George Akume, as a minister in his cabinet and the immortalisation of late Senator JS Tarka, by renaming Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi after him. The Tiv monarch made the pronouncement at the end of the council of chiefs meeting held with other traditional rulers in his palace in Gboko. He expressed the appreciation of Tiv people to President Buhari, describing his action as an honour to the…

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Tribunal: Orker Jev opens defence against Akume

The political battle between the senator representing Benue North-West senatorial district, Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev and erstwhile Senator George Akume, has moved from the field to the courts. Akume, who was defeated by former House of Representatives member, Jev for the district in the 2019 general election, took his opponent to the election petitions’ tribunal. Jev opened his defence yesterday with five witnesses, who were cross examined by the legal team of the former governor and senator led by his lead counsel, Ishaq Dikko (SAN). Among Jev’s witnesses, RW 3…

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Why Buhari nominated me as minister, by Akume

The ministerial nominee from Benue State, Senator George Akume, yesterday said that his nomination as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari into the next Federal Executive Council (FEC) was based on trust. Akume spoke while receiving a delegation of elders from Kwande Local Government of Benue State, who visited his Abuja residence to congratulate him on his new appointment. The group was led by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Benue Zone A, Vincent Uji and a chieftain of the party, Terlumun Akputu. According to Akume, many individuals, particularly…

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Akume apologises to Benue people over Ortom’s failure

The leader of the All Progressives congress (APC) in Benue State, Senator George Akume, yesterday publicly appologised to the people of the state for what he described as the failure of Governor Samuel Ortom. He said he was sorry for being instrumental to the enthronement of the governor in 2015, whose administration he said brought untold hardship to the people. Akume, who represents Benue North –West in the Senate, said the non-performance of Governor Ortom makes it easy for Jime to win the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Meanwhile,…

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Senate: Scorecard of ex-governors

Performance of former  governors in 8th Senate   There is no doubt that the Senate has become a nest for former governors as the upper legislative chamber presently have 15 of them as members. CHUKWU DAVID examines how they have fared so far     Sixteen ex-governors were elected into the 8th Senate during the 2015 National Assembly elections, but 15 of them are currently serving, after the demise of former Osun State governor, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, early last year. The former governors who are serving in the present Senate…

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JUST IN: Akume plotting to destabilize Benue – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has accused his estranged political godfather, Senator George Akume of conspiring with the enemy of the state to destabilized his government. The governor said it was sad that Akume has not been able to speak with decorum more so that, he was once a sitting Governor. Orom who was reacting to media reports credited to the senator, where he was quoted to had vowed to remove the governor in a few months time, wondered what laws of the country the senator would use to…

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Benue: Ortom, Suswam’s reconciliation and Akume’s burden

Cephas Iorhemen reports on the recent reconciliation between Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam, after years of rift that set the former political allies on a war path   It was Second Republic Minister of Steel, Chief Paul Unongo, who first mooted the idea of his intension to mediate in the intractable political battle between Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.   Unongo had while speaking at a stakeholders forum organised by the state government last year to keep the people…

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