The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday said the party and the people of Benue South are solidly behind the former Senate President, David Mark, to repeat his electoral victory in the rerun election ordered by the Court of Appeal.
Mark’s election as Senator for Benue South constituency was on Saturday nullified by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state capital.
The appellate court, which dismissed the Legislative Elections Petition Tribunal’s judgment that upheld Mark’s election, also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a re-run election within 90 days.
Reacting to the ruling, the PDP described Mr. Mark as an asset to the nation.
The party said it was assured that the people of Benue South Senatorial zone, as ardent members and supporters of the PDP since 1999, would remain steadfast in giving the former Senate president another resounding victory at the rerun election.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday, said the PDP’s confidence of retaining the senatorial seat was even stronger now that the “deceit” of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has become obvious to all Nigerians.
The PDP said the inexplicable ruling of the Appeal Court, even when all evidence pointed to Mr. Mark’s victory as upheld by the lower tribunal, was yet another pointer to the APC’s dangerous interference in the judiciary.
The party also hailed Mr. Mark’s “significant contributions” in growing and stabilizing the nation’s democracy through his mature, responsible and patriotic leadership of the Senate.
Metuh, therefore, called on all PDP members in Benue South to resist “any attempt to intimidate them, especially in their determination to ensure effective and result-oriented representation in the Senate as typified in Senator Mark”.