The All Progressives Congress has congratulated a former President of the Senate, David Mark, for his victory in the Benue South Senatorial rerun election held Saturday.
Mr. Mark was declared winner early Sunday morning amid protest by his main challenger, Daniel Onjeh, who demanded that the election be declared inconclusive.
The former senate president scored 84,192 votes, leaving a margin of 12,571 votes between him and Mr. Onjeh, who garnered 71,621 votes.
A total of 29,273 votes were cancelled.
After Mr. Mark was declared winner by INEC, Mr. Onjeh’s agent protested, saying the number of cancelled votes (29,273) was higher than the margin of win (12,571).
He therefore contended that the election should have been declared inconclusive.
He also accused INEC of cancelling votes in APC’s strongholds, and indicated that his party and its candidate would challenge Mr. Mark’s victory.
But despite the protest by its own candidate, the APC congratulated Mr. Mark, in what appears an endorsement of the result declared by INEC.
“Congratulations to Senator David Mark, who has just been declared winner, Benue South Senatorial rerun election,” the party said via its twitter handle, @APCNigeria. The APC is known to have used that twitter handle to disseminate official messages since 2013.
The message was posted at 8:46 A.M, about four hours after INEC declared Mr. Mark winner of the election.
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