The National and State assembly elections petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, on Tuesday October 6, 2015 dismissed the petition brought before it by Dan Onjeh against Senator Mark.
Dan Onjeh, the senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Benue Zone C had challenged the election of Senator David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party
The Justice Mosumola Dipeolu led tribunal, in a unanimous judgment that lasted for two and a half hours, held that the petitioner failed to established any case against Sen Mark.
Justice Dipelou said Onjeh and his APC failed woefully to prove allegations of rigging, multiple tumb printing, over stuffing of ballots, allocation of votes, intimidation, harassment and inducement of voters among others.
The tribunal also held that the petitioner failed to substantiate any of his claims which she said was fatal to Onjeh’s case.
The tribunal therefore discountenanced scanty evidence of PW 18 (Expert witness) called by Onjeh because the witness under cross examination accepted that there was error in his data analysis.
Sen Mark is currently the longest serving senator in Nigeria. He was elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He served as President of the Senate for an uninterrupted 8 years.