*Loser, Onjeh of APC, asks INEC to declare poll ‘inconclusive’
By Ngozi Ekhator
Former Senate President and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s Benue South rerun election, Senator David Mark, was Sunday morning declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He defeated his main challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Onjeh.
Declaring the results of the rerun at 5.51 am, the Senatorial Returning Officer, Ishaq Eneji, said Mark polled 84,192 votes, while Onjeh garnered 71,621 votes.
“Having satisfied the requirement of the law, David Bournaventure is hereby declared winner, Mr. Eneji announced.
While 522, 713 were registered for the election, only 165, 093 were accredited, indicating voters apathy across the senatorial zone.
The former Senate President defeated his archrival, Daniel Onjeh, a 41-year old former students’ leader, who contested on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rerun was conducted after the Appeal Court annuled the March 28, 2015 election of which Mr. Mark was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
A 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 secured victory in five local government areas: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Otukpo and Okpokwu.
Mr. Onjeh won in four, namely Ogbadigbo, his hometown, Ohimini, Obi and Oju LGAs.
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