Tri­bunal up­holds Mark’s elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Na­tional/State Assem­bly Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal sit­ting in Makurdi, yesterday up­held the vic­tory of for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent David Mark of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the March 28 Benue South sen­a­to­rial elec­tion.

In its rul­ing that lasted over two hours, the tri­bunal af­firmed that Mark had de­feated his ma­jor chal­lenger of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Daniel On­jeh.

The pe­ti­tioner had ear­lier ap­proached the court to nul­lify the elec­tion and or­der for a fresh one be­cause in his es­ti­ma­tion, the elec­tion was marred with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties such as over vot­ing, ha­rass­ment of vot­ers, fal­si­fi­ca­tion, thuggery and non­com­pli­ance to elec­toral pro­ce­dures among oth­ers.

But, chair­man of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice Mo­sun­mola Dipeola, ruled that the pe­ti­tioner failed in law, to sub­stan­tially prove that the elec­tion was marred by ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Re­act­ing to the judg­ment, Coun­sel to Mark, Ken Ikonne, hailed the tri­bunal, say­ing that, “no­body can com­plain about what the tri­bunal had done as the ev­i­dence of the pe­ti­tioner was quite scanty to stand in the eyes of the law.”

How­ever, coun­sel to the pe­ti­tioner, Ade­tunji Osho, said his client would ap­peal the judg­ment. The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) can­di­date for the Novem­ber 21 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Kogi State, Capt Idris Wada, yesterday flagged off his zonal rally in KogiEast with a mam­moth crowd of sup­port­ers in at­ten­dance.

The rally, which held at the CMML Pri­mary School, Anyigba, Dek­ina LGA of the state, wit­nessed the con­ver­gence of swelling num­bers of party sup­port­ers and chief­tains from across the state.

Speak­ing at the rally, Gover­nor Wada ex­pressed de­light over the huge turnout of peo­ple, say­ing it was a sign of the good­will and sup­port he en­joys from the peo­ple.

He urged the peo­ple to re-elect him come Novem­ber 21 so as to con­tinue his trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme for the state.

For­mer gover­nor of the state, Al­haji Ibrahim Idris, in his good­will mes­sage, urged the peo­ple to vote for can­di­date of the PDP in the forth­com­ing elec­tion, say­ing Kogi has been for PDP and will con­tinue to be so.

He de­bunked in­sin­u­a­tions that he was plan­ning to dump the PDP for another party, say­ing he could not af­ford to leave the ‘house’ he built to be­come a stranger else­where.

Dig­ni­taries that can­vassed sup­port for Wada at the rally in­clude for­mer PDP Na­tional Chair­man, Sen­a­tor Ah­madu Ali; Wada’s cam­paign DG, Sen­a­tor Tunde Og­beha; for­mer Kogi deputy gover­nor, Chief Pa­trick Ad­aba; Prince Sola Ako­mode; Al­haji Sule Iyaji and Robert Audu, amongst oth­ers.

Sen­a­tor David Mark

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