<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Both Prince Terhemen Tarzoor and Governor Samuel Ortom appear at the Supreme Court in Abuja with a retinue of lawyers.
Seven judges of the court entered the courtroom at 9 05 am and the processes commenced.
Adebayo Adenipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, announced his appearance for the appellant with 29 other lawyers.
Adeniyi Akintola, also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, announced his appearance with Governor Ortom, the first Respondent with 27 lawyers.
Sebastian Hon, SAN, appeared for the All Progressives Congress, APC, the second respondent, while Professor A A Ijohor announced appearance for the third respondent which is the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He too read a long list of lawyers appearing with him.
Adenipekun submitted that the case at hand was different from that of Zamfara because APC did not hold any primaries at all in Benue State in contravention of Section 177 of the Nigerian Constitution.
He submitted that the cross appeal should be dismissed and the appeal allowed to succeed.
Akintola is relying on last Friday’s judgment with respect to nomination and submitting that the court cannot overrule itself and that the appeal should be dismissed.
He is at the moment arguing on the matter of practising fees.