Mark: If We Go Back To The Polls 100, I’ll Still Win Because I’ve Done “More Than Enough” For Idomas
Senator Mark was reacting to Saturday’s decision by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, which nullified his election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a re-run within 90 days.
Mark, who is Nigeria’s longest-serving senator, having been elected into the Senate since 1999 and served as Senate president for eight years, boasted of having the support of the people of his senatorial district.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Paul Mumeh, the former Senate president insisted that he won the election, “clean and clear” and that he had done “more than enough” for his people.
“If we go back to the polls 100 times, I will still win convincingly”, Sen. Mark was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Whatever the situation may be, one thing I know is that my people are solidly behind me. They also appreciate the fact that I have done more than enough to lift up Idoma nation to a position of eminence in the contemporary political history of Nigeria”, he added.
The former Senate president’s purported victory was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Daniel Onjeh, who among others, claimed that INEC declared the result of the senatorial election while collation was still ongoing.
That claim was earlier dismissed by the Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu-led Benue State National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld Mr. Mark’s victory.
The appeal court set aside that decision.