From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Mamman Osuman has stressed that the time has come for rationalization, harmony and reconciliation in Benue State.
Osuman who is counsel to All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia stated this while speaking to newsmen in Makurdi after securing victory for his client.
He explained that the case FHC/CS/869/2022 was filed by 39 persons within the party against the Reverend father, challenging the conduct of the gubernatorial primary.
According to him, “I filed a preliminary objection stating that the case was status barred and I also said that the persons have no locus standi.
“The court held that the matter was status barred in the sense that the suit was supposed to be filed within 14 days but they filed it within 15 days and that violated the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Government as amended.
“The court also, held that they do not have locus standi because under section 285 sub section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic as amended only two categories of persons, an aspirant or political party can file an action and complain about the conduct of a primary. It turned that none of these persons were either an aspirant or a political party. So, on these two grounds, the matter was dismissed and the court inflicted on them a cost of 100,000 in favor of my client Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia.”