Posts Tagged ‘Benue South Senatorial District Elections 2015’


By Odeh Ageh

The preparation for the senatorial re-run election for Zone C of Benue State that has Sen. David Mark and Mr. Daniel Onjeh as contenders is reaching a feverish pitch.

many commentators have gone to town with the tale of how highly experienced Mark is in legislative matters. In fact, some fell short of calling him Mr. National Assembly or Mr. Know-all of law making.

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Other commentators, when making a passing remark about Onjeh, call him a greenhorn, a journey-just-come man and somebody who is aiming for something that is way beyond his reach.

While the import of this piece is not to gain-say the near appropriation of the National Assembly as it concerns Zone C by Mark, I will suggest to the promoters of his candidacy not to gloat over the many near-wins of the distinguished senator.

Before we delve into the undistinguished performances of Sen. Mark, it will be nice we take a peep into his background and how that has come to play in his quest for the office and his activities in the National Assembly.

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Political and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Obande Obeya, the Oyame K’idoma has said there is no animosity between the Tiv and Idoma ahead of the rerun senatorial elections.

The elder statesman who made this clarification when he hosted the APC

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senatorial candidate, Daniel Onjeh said he was speaking on the authority of the Och’idoma, the traditional ruler of the Idoma nation who confirmed same to him in confidence.

“i have asked the Och’idoma if there is any quarrel between the Benue south people and the Tiv nation and that question was answered with an emphatic no. (more…)


All may not be well for former Senate President David Mark, as there has continued to be agitations opposing his return to the Senate.
A Socio-Political Organisation, Igede Youth Mandate, has vowed that no Igede man will vote the former senate president who they said has nothing in store for the senatorial district, describing him as “an epitome of marginalisation and dishonesty”.

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The group led by their National President, Comrade Linus Eru made this resolve during a congress meeting which held at the Government Secondary School Ikachi, in Oju Local Government. He said the Igede tribe had suffered marginalisation in the hands of the just ousted senator and will not desire to go through the same ordeal again.

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A civil rights activist and traditionalist, Chief Philip  Agbese has hinted that the appeal court judgement nullifying the appointment of Distinguished Senator David Mark, and his subsequent refusal to give up the PDP ticket are the final announcement of his political obituary from the political landscape of Nigeria.
According to Agbese, who spoke to our correspondent said “as a political prophet and traditionalist, he is aware that the gods have blocked Senator David Mark’s ears from listening to the voices of reason and have marked him for political destruction to teach many

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African leaders a lesson that God is not a joker”.
Reacting to the appointment of Chief John Ochoga as the head of Dan Onjeh’s campaign, Agbese hailed the decision saying the APC in Benue have chosen a master stroke to end Senator David Mark’s family reign in Idomaland by appointing a political undertaker in Chief John Ochoga to sentence him to his early grave. (more…)


By Josephine Akioyamen

I have looked at the four grounds upon which the election of Distinguished Senator Mark was nullified and I find them sound. You cannot declare a winner in an election contest while collations were still going on in 7 out of the 9 local governments in Zone C. INEC needed to have waited for results to trickle in from all of the local governments but it didn’t and thus prepared grounds for this

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debacle. There were documents that show exactly how INEC failed in this regard. In a hurry to declare a winner in that election, INEC also used the wrong form! Their excuse? They forgot the Senate form. The hearer of fact (The Tribunal) introduced an alien concept into our law to justify its judgment in favour of the senator, the concept of the documentary hearsay. It didn’t say the document didn’t prove the facts stated in it. It didn’t say the document was forged. But that the person that sought to tender the document was not the right person through which that document could be tendered. The Tribunal forgot that it had powers to do away with the normal strictures of the Evidence Act to do substantial justice as between the parties. That tortuous reasoning was not bound to stand and in my view, justice was served.

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