David Mark Wins Benue South Senatorial Rerun Election.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Benue South rerun election, making its candidate, David Mark, return to the 8th Senate, from which the court ejected him a few months ago.
In Saturday’s election, Mr. Mark, former President of the Nigerian Senate, (2007-2015), was declared winner amid protests by his challenger, who demanded that the election be declared inconclusive.
Declaring the results of the rerun at 5.51am on Sunday, the Senatorial Returning Officer, Ishaq Eneji, said Mr. Mark garnered 84,192 votes, leaving margin of 12,571 between him and Mr. Onjeh who scored 71,621 votes.
“Having satisfied the requirement of the law, David Bonaventure is hereby declared winner, Mr. Eneji announced.
While 522, 713 were registered for the election, only 165, 093 were accredited, indicating voter’s apathy across the senatorial zone.
The former Senate President defeated his archrival, Daniel Onjeh, a 41-year old former students’ leader, who contested on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
A further breakdown showed 159,557 was the number of total votes cast, of which 155,813 votes were held valid, while 3,744 were rejected as invalid.
According to the results declared by Mr. Eneji, out of the nine local government areas of which the district is composed, Mr. Mark secured victory in five local government areas: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Otukpo and Okpokwu.
Declaring the results, Prof. Ishaku Enigi, said Mark won in five local government areas while Onjeh won in four.
Meanwhile, reports say there is wide jubilation across the senatorial district sequel to the declaration of Mark as winner of the re-run.
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