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Press Statement: #BenueSouthRerun: Appeal Court upholds David Mark's election -----former Senate President forgives those who conspired against him



Immediate Past President of the Senate Senator David Mark has for the umpteenth time affirmed that he has forgiven  his opponent  Daniel Onjeh and all those who conspired against him during the February 20, 2016 rerun election for Benue South Senatorial district of the state.

Senator Mark said  today in Abuja after the Appeal Court  sitting in Makurdi  Benue state upheld his  rerun election that the journey was tortuous but was glad that all avenues were exhausted to affirm his victory.

Justice Obande Ogbuinya of  Appeal court  in the judgement today upheld the decision of the lower Tribunal that the petition of Onjeh lacked merit , was  incompetent and status barred and therefore dismissed.

The three Justices including Justices Oyebisi Omoleye and Ifeoma Jombo were unanimous in their decision .

Both Senator Mark's  counsel Ken Ikonne and the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) lawyer Johnson Usman as well as the People's Democratic Party ( PDP)  counsel Chris Alechenu had told the Court  that section 285 (5) of the 1999 constitution was clear on the fact the day of declaration of an election result should be included in the days allowed for the filing of a petition before a court  and urged the appellate court to dismiss the appeal and award cost against the Appellate .
Daniel Onjeh of All Progressive Congress (APC) had dragged Senator Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) to Appeal 
Court after the Tribunal struck out the petition for lack of merit and filing behind the stipulated time.. Onjeh had approached the Tribunal alleging irregularities in the election after Mark's convincing victory at the rerun election.

According to Mark : "  I'm glad that the final Verdict  of the Appeal
 court  vindicates me and truly reaffirmed my victory  freely given
 to me by the people of Benue South Senatorial zone. I'm happy
 that the Judiciary stood on the side of justice and respected the
 wishes of Benue South  people.

" For me , I have forgiven all those especially some of my close friends who conspired against me. For to err is human, to forgive is Divine. I will continue to serve my people 
honestly and diligently. Whatever makes for the good of my people will always be my guide.

"I whole heartedly appreciate the support and solidarity of Idoma nation towards me. In spite of the unwarranted provocation and intimidation especially during the rerun election, you came out in large numbers to vote for me . I'm truly grateful ".

He therefore called on all sons and daughters of Benue South to come on board and join hands with him in the task of developing and empowering the people.

Signed:
Paul Mumeh
Media Assistant to Senator David Mark.

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