The All Progressive Congress (APC) says it is ready to participate in the Benue South Senatorial District rerun election between former Senate President David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Daniel Onjeh of APC.
It would be recalled that the Federal Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, had in November set aside the Legislative Elections Petition Tribunal’s judgment, which upheld the election of Sen. Mark.
The appellate court agreed with the appeal filed by Onjeh that the election substantially breached the Electoral Act, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct re-run within 90 days.
The Chairman of APC in Benue, Comrade Abba Yaro, who declared the party’s readiness for the polls in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Saturday, noted that the good work being done by the APC government in the state would give the party added advantage ahead of the rerun.
“We are fully prepared to take on our opponent in the election.
“We will demonstrate to Nigerians that the era of dominance of David Mark has ended.
“You will see the great margin with which he will be defeated in the election.
“As the party chairman, I can tell you that none of the candidates that I took to the polls lost.
“Barnabas Gemade won the Benue North Senatorial election; Sen. George Akume also won the Benue North Central polls; and this election will not be an exception”, Mr. Yaro declared.
He, however, advised Mark to opt out of the election as he does not stand any chance of winning.
Yaro said that the party would stand behind its candidate to ensure victory in the rerun scheduled to hold in Feb. 2016.
According to the APC chairman, the rerun election would give the people of Benue South Senatorial District the opportunity to be freed from the political grip of Mark.
He also explained that the party was consolidating its hold on political power by delivering the dividends of democracy to the people through effective service delivery.