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Benue South senatorial poll: Again Onjeh drags David Mark to Election Tribunal

Senator David Mark
Senator David Mark
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just-concluded Benue South senatorial re-run election, Comrade Daniel Onyirofie Onjeh, has dragged the winner of the poll, Senator David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the election petition tribunal, citing irregularities in the contest.
This is the second time Onjeh is heading to the elections tribunal. The first time was in 2015 and his petition led to the nullification of Mark’s election which gave rise to the rerun.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Senator Mark winner of the poll by a margin of more than 12,000 votes.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after filing the petition in Makurdi, Sunday, Onjeh noted that evidence on the Certified True Copy of result declaration sheets obtained from INEC showed observed irregularities and noncompliance with Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“We have put in an air tight petition with the hope that justice would be done to it and we would be declared winner.”
He argued that results in his stronghold were either cancelled or rejected without reason and cited the case of a particular polling unit in Ado Local Government where he won the PDP.
The respondents including Mark, PDP and INEC have 21 days to reply to the petition upon being served, following which, Onjeh and the APC would reply within seven days, after which sitting would commence.

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