Mark loses senate seat at Appeal Court

Makurdi Court nullifies David Mark’s election

A Court of Appeal, sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, has nullified the election of former senate president, David Mark.

The court faulted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare Mr. Mark, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, winner of the March 28 senatorial election in Benue south.

A rerun of the poll must be conducted within 90 days, the court ruled.

Mr. Mark’s purported victory was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Donald Onjeh.

Among other claims, the APC candidate said INEC declared the result of the election while collation was ongoing.

That claim was earlier dismissed by the Benue State National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld Mr. Mark’s victory.

The appeal court set aside that decision.

The Appeal Court ruled that Mark’s election failed to comply with the electoral guidelines and therefore ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections within 90 days

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