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More trouble for Ortom as tribunal admits Tarzoor’s documents against Benue governor

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 6:13:00 AM

The Benue State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, on Monday, admitted documents tendered by Joy Adesina (SAN), counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the April elections, Terhemen Tarzoor, insisting that Governor Samuel Ortom did not meet the criteria to contest on the APC platform.

Prior to the ruling to admit the documents, counsel to Ortom, Olaniyi Akintola (SAN), had objected to the tendering of the APC as well as PDP governorship primary reports before the court.
In her submission, counsel to Tarzoor, Adesina who cited relevant authorities, argued that the admissibility of a document lies in its relevance to a matter.

She noted that it would amount to miscarriage of justice if the documents were rejected, warning that the reliance on technicalities in the determination of any issue would negate the principles of substantive justice for all.

In a ruling, Justice Katharine Ogunsanya held that the weight and relevance of a document determines its admissibility, hence “the two documents have passed the litmus test, the plea is upheld and the documents are admitted in evidence.”
The tribunal also admitted in evidence the timetable and schedule of the 2015 general elections.
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