A few months ago, the court had rejected David Mark, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, he has won the Benue South rerun election and has been returned to the 8th Senate. During the election which held on Saturday, Mr. Mark, former President of the Nigerian Senate, (2007-2015), was declared winner even in the midst of protests by his sole challenger, who demanded that the election be declared inconclusive.
“Having satisfied the requirement of the law, David Bournaventure is hereby declared winner,” Mr. Eneji announced.
The former Senate President defeated his 42-year old opponent, Daniel Onjeh, 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 (INEC).
The results was declared in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Senatorial Returning Officer, Ishaq Eneji, said Mr. Mark gathered 84,192 votes, leaving margin of 12,571 between him and Mr. Onjeh who had 71,621 votes. While 522, 713 were registered for the election, only 165, 093 were accredited, indicating voters apathy across the senatorial zone. A further breakdown showed that 159,557 was the number of total votes cast, of which 155,813 votes were held valid, while 3,744 were rejected as invalid.
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According to the results declared by Mr. Eneji, out of the nine local government areas which the district is comprised of, Mr. Mark came out victorious in five local government areas: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Otukpo and Okpokwu, while Mr. Onjeh won in four LGAs including Ogbadigbo his hometown, Ohimini, Obi and Oju LGAs. Meanwhile, a total of 29,273 votes were cancelled, higher than the margin of win of 12,571 between Messrs Mark and Onjeh. At the end of the vote count, INEC declared Sen. David Bonaventure Mark, the bonafide winner of Benue South Senatorial Rerun.