Former Senate President, Senator David Mark, is to testify in person at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi on Aug. 18.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice Mosumola Dipeolu, fixed the date following the submission of Mark’s counsel, Mr Kenneth Ikonne, that his client would appear in person to testify at the tribunal’s next sitting, to enable him to close his case.
The petitioner, Mr Daniel Onjeh of All Progresses Congress (APC) had approached the tribunal seeking to nullify the re-election of PDP’s Mark for Benue South Senatorial seat.
The APC candidate had challenged Mark’s victory on the grounds that the elections were marred by electoral malpractices and substantial breaches of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.
Mr Tunji Oso, Onjeh’s counsel, further contended that INEC officials were compromised and voters were financially induced by PDP agents at the various polling units in the district.
He, therefore, urged the court to nullify the election and order for fresh poll.
At Thursday’s resumed sitting of the tribunal, Mark’s counsel called five witnesses who testified that the elections were free and fair and denied financial inducement of voters.
One of the witnesses, Mr Abuh Adesi, under cross-examination by the petitioner’s counsel, however, admitted that card readers were used to accredit voters in his polling unit.
The witness had also deposed in his written statement that, instead of card readers, incident forms were used for voters’ accreditation in the polling unit.
Justice Dipeolu adjourned sitting till Aug.18.