The people of Benue South Senatorial District are divided over the victory of former Senate President's victory at the state electoral tribunal.
The victory of Senator David Mark at the Benue State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the state capital, over Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress, has polarized the Idoma people of Benue South with his supporters and that of his opponent.
While the supporters of the immediate past Senate President have hailed the judgement of the Justice Mosumola Dipeolu-led tribunal which affirmed that Mark was elected into the Senate for the fifth term without any form of irregularities at the poll, supporters of Onjeh, who had approached the court seeking the annulment of the election on the ground that he was rigged out, are not happy with the verdict.
A staunch supporter of Onjeh, Enenche Apochi, was visibly angry at the verdict:
“I saw this coming. Mark will always have his way as usual. Honestly, I’m not happy with the outcome of the judgment and so many Idoma people.
So, Mark will remain in the Senate for 20 years? And you would ask, is there no any other qualified person from Idomaland? This is oppression in disguise.”
Another Idoma citizen, Mrs. Alegwu, had this to say:
“What do you expect? You don’t need any prophecy to tell you Onjeh would lose the case. Poor him. It is very sad, we will still remain under the leadership of Mark for another four years. But I believe, justice will surely prevail one day.”
But a supporter of Senator Mark identified as Faith, thinks the former Military officer deserved his victory:
“Let them keep dreaming. Even if we need a new Senator in Benue South, not Onjeh. He’s too small. Maybe he should go and start from his local government. The entire Zone C is too hot for him to handle.”