The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, Mr John Ngbede, says the victory of Gov. Samuel Ortom at the Supreme Court has affirmed that the judiciary is still “intact”.
Ngbede, who was reacting to the governor’s victory in a telephone interview with newsmen, on Tuesday in Makurdi, said the judiciary had again demonstrated that it still remained untainted.
He expressed gratitude to God for granting the governor victory both at the polls and in the courts.
The chairman therefore, appealed to the defeated candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr Emmanuel Jime, and his party to join hands with the governor in moving the state forward.
He said the victory was not only for the PDP, but for the whole state.
Also reacting to the verdict, a chieftain of PDP in the state, Mr Joseph Boko, congratulated Ortom for the victory and appealed to Jime and his party to join the governor in moving the state forward while waiting for another opportunity.
Newsmen report that there was jubilation by PDP supporters at the Benue People’s House while prayers coordinated by the chaplain, Government House, were ongoing.
Vehicles carrying large outdoor speakers were seen driving round streets of Makurdi celebrating the victory.
Meanwhile, efforts to get reactions from the APC Publicity Secretary, Mr James Orguga and the chairman, Mr Abba Yaro, failed as their phones were switched off.
A cross section of the people who spoke with newsmen said they were grateful to God for granting the governor victory at the apex court.
They said it was better for him to continue than having to restart the whole machinery of government with a new set of administrators.