The Apc governorship candidate at the 2019 March Barr Emmanuel Jime has reacted to Supreme Court judgement that validated Governor Ortom’s election.

He posted the state below on Facebook. ,

Statement by Rt Hon Emmanuel Jime following the Supreme Court verdict on the 2019 Benue Governorship elections petition

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on a petition we brought before it challenging earlier rulings on the outcome of the 2019 governorship elections in Benue State. The court’s decision unfortunately did not go in our favour, bringing to a close our legal quest on the matter.

Sad as the Supreme Court judgment is to me, our party, and teeming supporters, we accept the verdict in good faith, and take its implications in our stride.

When we decided to file a petition at the elections petition tribunal last year, it was not out of a need to pursue power or take advantage of the judicial process for the sake of it. We took this route all the way to the Supreme Court as part of our commitment towards strenthening the integrity of our electoral process. It was and remains our firm belief that unless the sanctity of the ballot is guaranteed, self serving politicians will continue to game the system to retain their clutch on power.

Let me use this opportunity to thank our legal team. They put up a dogged fight and presented a good case with solid evidence. The outcome might not have gone our way but it shows we will never look the other way where we see cases of electoral malpractice. I remain eternally grateful for the efforts of our lawyers and witnesses.

I also extend my appreciation to the Justices of the Supreme Court, who inspite of a back-breaking workload, gave our petition the thorough attention it deserved. The outcome notwithstanding, we remain highly respectful of their verdict.

Special gratitude goes to our party faithful and supporters. To the leader of our party in Benue, Distinguished Senator George Akume – Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, the Benue State APC exco, party leaders, members of the Jime/Ode Campaign Organisation and indeed everyone who supported us, I say a big thank you. Do not despair over news of today’s verdict. Taunts, jeers and intimidation will come, but lets not buckle under them and see those as part of the sacrifice we need to make for a better tomorrow.

Lastly, let me address the good people of Benue State. The verdict announced by the Supreme Court today signals an end to our inquest on the 2019 governorship elections in Benue. It does not mean we will take our eyes off governance issues as they affect people of Benue. So let this serve as a notice that whenever we notice our people are being shortchanged by those who hold the reins of power, we will speak up in defence of their rights and wellbeing. Simply put, we will not turn our backs on you.

|Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Benue State APC Candidate for the 2019 governorship elections. — with Pem Titus Terna.