(Romanus Ugwu, ABUJA)
The APC has emphatically denied ever congratulating opposition PDP candidate and winner of last weekend’s Benue South senatorial rerun election, Senator David Mark.
Online media sources were awash with rumours that the party and its representative for the rerun election may be at a crossroads, adding that while the APC candidate, Daniel Onjeh, has rejected and protested the outcome of the election, the party has already congratulated Mark after election commission INEC declared him winner.
However, in a release signed by National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, APC argued that the so-called ‘congratulatory message’ on a twitter handle purportedly belonging to the party did not come from the party, warning the general public to beware of false messages.
According to the ruling party: “The attention of the National Secretariat of the APC has been drawn to some false online publications reporting that the party has congratulated David Mark, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate in last Saturday’s Benue South senatorial rerun election.
“The APC has not issued any congratulatory message on the Benue South Senatorial rerun election. The ‘congratulatory message’ purportedly obtained from a twitter handle, [email protected]’, did not emanate from the party. The purported twitter message itself is not credited to any APC official.
“The general public is advised to ignore the false message. The APC reiterates that only the National Chairman and the National Secretary officially speak for the party.”