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Appeal Court upholds David Mark’s election victory

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state today, July 22 upheld the victory of Senator David Mark, as earlier pronounced by the lower National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The judgement was read by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye who led a three-man panel that struck out the case brought before it by the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Mr Daniel Onjeh for lacking merit.

The panel submission was that Onjeh filed his petition out of time as required by the Electoral Law, therefore, rendering the petition incompetent. The petition was therefore dismissed.

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Interestingly, Onjeh’s petition is as a result of a re-run election after he convinced a court to overturn Mark’s victory in 2015.

Mark emerged winner of the repeated election with a total votes of 84,192 to Onjeh who scored 71, 621 votes.

Reacting to today’s judgment, counsel to Senator Mark, Ken Ikonne simply said he was happy.

While Onjeh’s counsel, Sunday Ayegba told Daily Trust: “We are not happy with the decision of the appeal panel but there is nothing we can do.”

Senator Mark who have been somewhat absent in many Senate sittings, visited President Buhari at the Aso Rock presidential villa on Monday, July 18.

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