Mark loses senate seat at Appeal Court

Former president of the Senate, Sen. David Mark, on Saturday had his March 28 re-election into the Senate of the National Assembly nullified by the Court of Appeal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Mark as winner of the election into the Benue South senatorial district, while Mr Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came second.

Onjeh challenged Mark’s victory at the National Assembly election petition tribunal but had his petition dismissed in October while Mark’s election was upheld.

Onjeh appealed the tribunal’s verdict and the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State on Saturday upheld the appeal.

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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