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Benue deputy governor rejects Mark’s victory

23 February 2016, 13:16

Makurdi - Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu has rejected the declaration of former Senate President, David Mark as winner of Saturday's Benue South senatorial rerun election.

Abounu alleged the election was characterised by violence, snatching of ballot boxes and stuffing of same in Agatu and Okpokwu councils.

Also read: INEC declares David Mark as winner of Benue South rerun

Abounu, who addressed journalists in Makurdi, alleged that gunmen allegedly recruited by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attacked the All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters.

He stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have declared the election inconclusive as the number of cancelled votes exceeded the gap between Mark and the APC candidate in the election, Daniel Onjeh.

 29 000 votes were cancelled, while Mark won with a difference of 12 000.

He said the APC would take the matter to the tribunal.

- News 24


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