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David Mark wins re-run poll, dedicates victory to Benue people

Senator David Mark
Senator David Mark
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sunday, declared former Senate President David Mark as winner of the Benue South rerun election which was conducted, Saturday.
According to INEC, Mark obtained 84,192 votes to beat his closest challenger Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled to 71,621 with a vote difference of 12,571.
The re-run poll was at the instance of the Court of Appeal ruling which had annuled the victory of Mark at the election last April.
This is as the senator dedicated his victory to the Benue people and the Idoma in particular.
The result announced by Professor Ishaku Enigi, showed that Mark won in five local government areas, while Onjeh won in four.
A breakdown of the election in each Local Government Council is as follows:
1. Ado LGA
APC – 6370
PDP – 6513
2. Agatu LGA
APC – 3458
PDP – 7986
3. Apa LGA
APC – 4943
PDP – 9191
4. Obi LGA
APC – 8585
PDP – 7043
5. Ohimini LGA
APC – 6192
PDP – 5923
6. Okpokwu LGA
APC – 6830
PDP – 11935
7. Otukpo LGA
APC – 12203
PDP – 18468
8. Oju LGA
APC – 14159
PDP – 10289
9. Ogbadibo LGA
APC – 8882
PDP – 6844
Mark, while reacting to his victory at a press conference shortly after the INEC announcement, appealed to his main challenger, Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to join him in moving Idomaland forward.
“I want to thank all sons and daughters of Idomaland because this victory is for us, not for David Mark. I also want to urged those whose political interest might have clashed with mine to join hands with me in moving Idomaland forward,”he said.
He declared that election is over and all efforts must be geared towards the betterment of the people.
“I want to thank the people of zone c for their support and promised that I will not disappoint them.
“The election is over and I am ready to serve Idomaland again,” he added.

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