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Tarzoor vs Ortom: Anxiety As Tribunal Resumes Hearing

There is growing anxiety in both the camps of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting on the case between Terhemen Tarzoor and Governor Samuel Ortom resumes today.

The Tribunal headed by Justice Elizabeth Karatu had a month ago adjourned till September 7, for preliminary objections and nal adoption of written addresses. According to her, the long period of time to the commencement of ling of the preliminary objections and addresses was to allow parties have enough times to submit all the addresses at the stipulated date for adoption. But as the resumption of the sitting is at hand, there is disquiet in both APC and PDP over the likely outcome of the case.

As the day approached few days ago, the social media were also awashed with posts from both APC and PDP, supporters arguing over the outcome of the case, and who they felt will win. While supporters of the PDP expressed hope, citing some cases which make them think that Mr. Tarzoor will emerge victorious in the case, the APC supporters dismissed it saying the case lack in substance and would be thrown out by the tribunal.

However, considering the high debate from counsels from both parties in the previous sittings there is serious anxiety from both camps that the case may swing in any direction.

It could be noted that candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election Terhemen Tarzoor had petitioned Governor Samuel Ortom before the Tribunal faulting the process, the governor emerged as candidate.


–  John Shiaondo, Makurdi 

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