Benue South: Mark reaffirms faith in Judiciary as Tribunal upholds his election

David Mark

David Mark

The
immediate past President of the Senate, Chief David Mark has reacted to
his validation of his election into the eighth Senate by asserting that
the judiciary remains the hope and defender of the rights of the
oppressed.

Mark, in a statement sent to CRYSTAL yesterday by
his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, reaffirmed his faith in the sanctity of
the Judiciary and rule of law in view of the National and State
assembly elections petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state
which upheld his election.

He expressed appreciation to the
judiciary for standing by the truth which led to the reaffirmation “of
the mandate freely given to him by the people of Benue South Senatorial
district.”

CRYSTAL NEWS recalls that Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Dan
Onjeh of the , , contested the Benue South
Senatorial seat in the March 28 National Assembly election.
Mark
was declared winner of the election, which his opponent claimed
recorded several irregularities. The APC flag bearer consequently
approached the court, seeking dissolution of the poll.

Mumeh
however quoted Mark as promising “to do everything that is
constitutionally right to bring dividend of democracy to the door steps
of his constituents and beyond”.
The statement reports that the
Justice Mosumola Dipeolu-led tribunal had earlier in a unanimous
judgment that lasted for over two on Tuesday, dismissed the petition
brought by the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, Comrade Daniel
Onjeh challenging the election of Senator Mark of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP.
In
the judgment, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to establish
any case against Sen Mark, adding that Onjeh and his APC failed to
prove allegations of rigging, multiple tumb printing, over stuffing of
ballots, allocation of votes, intimidation, harassment and inducement of
voters among others.

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Justice Dipelou further held that the
petitioner failed to substantiate any of his claims which she said was
fatal to Onjeh’s case.
The tribunal therefore discountenanced
scanty evidence of PW 18 (Expert witness) called by Onjeh because the
witness under cross examination accepted that there was error in his
data analysis.

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