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Appeal Court upholds David Mark’s election

Court of Appeal has and re-affirmed the election that saw Senator David Mark to the Benue South senatorial seat while it dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Comrade Daniel Onjeh for re-run.
Presiding over the matter, Justice Oyebisi Omoleye who led a panel of two other judges described the petition as incompetent and devoid of merit.
Oyebisi, during the delivery of the judgment, struck out the petition on the grounds late filing with clarification that election petitions ought to be filed not later than 21 days after the declaration of election results.
She noted that the appellant’s petition was filed on the 22nd day after the declaration of the election result.
“The appellant’s petition was filed on the 22nd day of the declaration of result and therefore filed out of time by law. It therefore rendered the election petition incompetent and impotent,” she said.
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to David Mark, Barr. Ken Ikonne hailed the decision of the appellate court.
He said the judgment has brought the case to an end and urged Senator Mark to settle down and concentrate on the business of the senate.

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