By: Bisi Adekunle
Senator David Mark, Nigeria’s Senate President between 2007 and 2015 has won Saturday’s rerun election, he defeated his sole challenger, Daniel Onjeh, a 41-year old former students’ leader, who contested on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rerun was conducted after the Appeal Court annulled the March 28, 2015 election which David Mark was initially declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Declaring the results of the rerun election early Sunday morning, the INEC returning Officer, Ishaq Eneji, announced that 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 Bournaventure Mark is hereby declared winner, Mr. Eneji declared.
While 522, 713 were registered for the election, only 165, 093 were accredited, indicating voters’ apathy across the Benue South.
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 clinched vitctory in local government areas, including Ado, Agatu, Apa, Otukpo and Okpokwu.
Mr. Onjeh won in four, namely Ogbadigbo, his hometown, Ohimini and Obi and Oju LGAs.
Meanwhile, a total of 29,273 votes were cancelled, higher than margin of win of12,571 between Messrs David Mark and Daniel Onjeh.
There were protest by APC agents present at the collation centre and requested that the election election be declared in conclusive
However, the INEC returning officer,Mr. Eneji declared David Mark winner despite their agitations