Friday, 22 July 2016

I have forgiven those who conspired against me -Mark

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 stated this today in Abuja while reacting to the judgement of Appeal Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue state which upheld his rerun election.
According to Senator Mark, the journey was though tortuous but he was glad that all avenues were exhausted to affirm his victory.

Justice Obande Ogbuinya of Appeal court in his lead judgement today upheld the decision of the election Tribunal, adding that the petition of Mr. 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 that 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.

" I'm glad that the final Verdict of the Appeal court vindicates me and truly reaffirmes 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 wholeheartedly 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 ", the elated Senator Mark stated.

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.

By Paul Mumeh

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