Benue ACN governorship candidate files petition at tribunal

Protest over the defeat of Ugbah started even before the election result was declared

By Sam Tyav

The defeated governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State, Steve Ugbah, formally filed his petition Tuesday at the state election petition tribunal challenging the re-election of the incumbent Gabriel Suswam.

Accompanied by his running mate, Usman Abubakar, a team of lawyers and a throng of supporters, the ACN governorship candidate was received by the tribunal secretary, Mohammed Bello. At the head of the team of lawyers was a former attorney general of the state, Joe Abaagu.

The ACN candidate is praying the tribunal to declare him winner of the election instead of Mr Suswam, claiming that he got the highest number of votes in the April 26 election.

Mr Ugbah told journalists he had confidence in the judiciary, adding that it would deliver justice at the end of the day and he would come out of the tribunal as governor-elect. Many of the party’s supporters took over major streets of Makurdi while the event lasted.

Clash of supporters

However, about the time Mr Ugbah was filing his petition at the tribunal, a fight erupted in Agyo in Shangev-Ya district of Kwande local council of the state between supporters of the ACN and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the killing of Charles Ayede, the media aide of Mr Ugbah. NEXT gathered that the late Mr Ayede hailed from Agyo community.

Trouble started when persons suspected to be ACN supporters razed down the home of the PDP women leader in Mbawegh of Nanev district.

According to the state Police commissioner, Ibrahim Mohammed, his command was yet to get an official report of the arson attack as at the time of filing this report.

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