Friday, 14 August 2015

David Mark To Testify At Election Tribunal August 18

Former Senate President David Mark is set to give evidence in a case challenging his declaration as winner of the Benue South Senatorial election, as an election tribunal sitting in Makurdi adjourns.

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday fixed the date of Senator Mark’s appearance as August 18, for his cross-examination in the case brought by Daniel Onjeh of the APC.

Mark’s only opponent in the election, Onjeh had alleged that the results were marred by electoral malpractices and significant breaches of the Electoral Act 2011 as amended. He further asserted that INEC officials were compromised in the process, and voters were subject to financial inducements by PDP agents at various polling units in the district.

Counsel for Mark, Kenneth Ikonne, called five witnesses who testified that the elections were free and fair, debunking allegations of financial inducements. However, one witness, Mr. Abuh Adesi, apparently contradicted himself under cross-examination by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. Tunji Oso. The testimony of witness was found to be at variance with his earlier written statement that incident forms were used instead of card readers.

Mr. Ikonne told the tribunal that former Senate President Mark will appear in person on the adjournment date, to enable the case come to a close. Tribunal Chairman, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu adjourned to August 18 for further defence.

APC candidate, Daniel Onjeh, is seeking nullification of the election and the order of fresh polls.

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