Breaking: Battle for Benue South: Mark Floors Onjeh at Tribunal

Benue Re-run Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi on Thursday, dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, in the Benue South Senatorial District rerun election, Daniel Onjeh, against Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Senator David Mark.
Mark represents Benue South senatorial district in the Senate.
In the ruling, Justice Chinyere Gloria Anulube noted that the petition was ‘defective and incurably bad’.
She maintained that the Tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
The Tribunal held that the petition was filed after the stipulated 21 days, as enshrined in the constitution.
Onjeh had dragged Mark to the election petition Tribunal on March 13, after Mark had won the rerun election.
It was the second time Onjeh was going back to the 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 had declared Senator David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party the winner of the poll with a margin of more than 12,000 votes.
Onjeh had 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), hence going back to the Tribunal
He said, “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.

Author: News Editor

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