Appeal Court Nullifies David Mark’s Election, Orders Fresh Poll

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The election of the former Senate President David Mark has been nullified by a Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a rerun within 90 days.






     

     

    The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Daniel Onjeh, had challenged Mark’s victory at the National and State Assembly Petition Tribunal in Makurdi but the latter’s election was upheld, prompting Onjeh to appeal the ruling.

    Onjeh’s counsel, Adetunji Oso, asked the Appeal Court to allow his appeal and set aside the decision of the Tribunal as it erred when it held that the papers tendered by his client were mere documentary hearsay.

    The rejected documents, the lawyer argued, showed that Mark was declared winner in the contest when the results for the Benue South Senatorial District was still being collated.

    “Thank God we have finally been vindicated. This is victory for democracy and freedom for Benue South people,” an elated Onjeh told this website after the Appeal Court verdict.

     

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