In Benue Daniel Onjeh vows to contest David Mark’s victory at tribunal

The tribunal reached the decision on Thursday, June 30, 2016, after ruling that Onjeh had filled his petition out of time.

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David Mark (L) of the PDP and Daniel Onjeh (R) of APC play

David Mark (L) of the PDP and Daniel Onjeh (R) of APC

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All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Benue South Senatorial District, Daniel Onjeh has said that he will appeal the decision of the state’s election tribunal upholding the election victory of his opponent, David Mark.

The tribunal reached the decision on Thursday, June 30, 2016, after ruling that Onjeh had filled his petition out of time.

Onjeh made his comments via a statement released in reaction to the judgment.

It reads:

My petition had just been dismissed at the Tribunal sitting in Makurdi! The contention was Sec. 285(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which inch provides that “An election petition shall be filed within 21 days after the date of declaration of result of the election” in spite of INEC’s ambush, they delayed giving me Certified True Copies (CTC) of the materials used for the election to enable my lawyers analyse for specific pleadings before filling my petition, we still filed on the last day, which was within time, as the law clearly exclude the date of declaration of result from the computation of time within which to file an election petition.

Election result was declared on Feb 20, 2016, we counted from 21st and file on March 13, 2016, which falls within the 21 days required by law, but In its ruling today, on the motion filed by David Mark seeking the dismissal of my petition, the Tribunal included the date of declaration of the result in the computation of time, and held thus, that I filed one day late.

The documents obtained from INEC shows clearly that I won the Feb, 20 rerun election, and this informs why David Mark fought tooth and nail to have my petition dismissed. It’s a familiar terrain for me; I lost at the Tribunal in my 1st petition against Mark, but the Honourable justices at the Court of Appeal distinguished themselves and gave me justice. I’m very hopeful history will repeat its self again!

I cannot be deterred by technicality, I will exhaust my last option; I am headed for Court of Appeal! Aluta Continua! Victoria Ascerta!

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