Mr Daniel Ojeh who represented the APC for Benue South Senatorial District and lost to Senator David Mark has adjured the National Assembly Elections Tribunal sitting in Makurdi Benue State to declare Senator David Mark’s election as null and void, and conduct a new election.
He called for the nullification of the polls, saying the election was characterized by lots of electoral malpractices. He also enjoined INEC to disqualify Sen. David Mark, saying the election was ruined with lots of irregularities.
The appellant supported his statement with electorial materials and also copies of the result sheet. He went ahead and insisted the result released by Independent National Electoral Commission did not tally with actual votes casted, an election which saw David Mark win with about 49,423 votes.
However, his claim was dismissed by the counsel to Senator David Mark, Kenneth Ikooni who said Onjeh’s petition was baseless, insisting he was nowhere close to the collation centres.
One Mr Adeola Olayiwola, a Research and Data Analysis expert who was an election observer in the just concluded National Assembly Elections in Benue State claimed his team observed electoral irregularities in about 69% of the total polling units in the State, which included card reader accreditation discrepancies and INEC presiding officers not working according to the laid down INEC procedures.
Mr Olayiwola using form EC8A as an example claimed INEC never accounted for the form, but his claim was countered by Ikooni the counsel to David Mark who claimed INEC officers attempted to provide ballot papers on the form.
Mr Olayiwola who also insisted the figures provided by INEC were false, was again countered by Ikooni blamimg him of laying so much emphasis on false figures and purposely avoiding the truth, this was after Olayiwole accepted the fact INEC officers made attempt to provide information on the ballot papers .
Mr Ikooni went ahead and accused Olayiwole of working with inexperienced members, and claimed their names were not included in his disposition as co-analysts.
The case has been adjourned till August 10th, after Mr Onjeh and his counsel had pleaded for an adjournment where they will be more prepared with evidences proving their claim.