Former Senate President, David Mark, has emerged victor of the Benue South Senatorial District rerun election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday.
David Mark, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated his closest rival, Mr. Daniel Onjeh of All Progressives Congress (APC), winning five of the nine local government areas of Benue South Senatorial district. The results announced on Sunday morning by the INEC returning officer, Professor Isiaka Eneji, recorded Mark having a total 84, 192 votes as against 71, 621 votes for Onjeh.
The results breakdown for each local government is as follows:
Otukpo – Mark: 18, 468 | Onjeh: 12, 203
Obadigbo – Mark: 6, 844 | Onjeh: 8, 882
Ado – Mark: 6, 513 | Onjeh: 6, 370
Agatu – Mark: 7, 986 | Onjeh: 3, 456
Okpokwu – Mark: 11, 935 | Onjeh: 6, 830
Apa – Mark: 9, 191 | Onjeh: 4, 941
Obi – Mark: 7, 043 | Onjeh: 8, 585
Ohimini – Mark: 5, 923 | Onjeh: 6, 192
Oju – Mark: 10, 289 | Onjeh: 14, 159
This victory makes David Mark the longest serving senator in Nigeria and marks his fifth term at the upper chamber. He is also the country’s longest served senate president.
Meanwhile, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu congratulates Mark on his victory, describing it as a defence for democracy and as one in which was well deserved. He urged INEC to remain steadfast as they conduct the remaining rerun elections so as to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said:
“I congratulate Senator Mark and our loyal party men and women on this well deserved-victory, which reaffirms his previous victory in April 2015. “We have always been confident that even if the election should be conducted a million times, PDP and Senator Mark would still win as many times.”
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