Tribunal Validates David Mark’s Election …Ex-senate President Re-affirms Faith In The Judiciary
The Benue State Gubernatorial and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition brought before it by the All Progressive Congress, (APC) candidate, Daniel Onjeh challenging the election of Sen. Mark of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP).
The Justice Mosumola Dipeolu led tribunal in a unanimous judgment that lasted for two and a half hours,
In the judgement, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to established any case against Sen Mark.
Justice Dipelou said Onjeh and APC failed to prove allegations of rigging, multiple thumb printing, over stuffing of ballots, allocation of votes, intimidation, harassment and inducement of voters among others.
The tribunal also 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.
Responding to the judgment, the former President of the Senate, reaffirmed his faith in the sanctity of the Judiciary and rule of law.
Sen. Mark in reaction to the National and State assembly elections petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state today which upheld his election of March 28, 2015, said the judiciary remains the hope and defender of the rights of the oppressed.
He expressed appreciation to the judiciary for standing for the truth and reaffirming the mandate freely given to him by the people of Benue South Senatorial district.
He therefore promised to do everything that is constitutionally right to bring dividend of democracy to the door steps of his constituents and beyond.
Sen Mark is currently the longest serving senator in Nigeria. He was elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He served as President of the Senate for an uninterrupted 8 years.