Benue Rerun: No Candidate Can Defeat David Mark—Agbo

By Michael Jegede

The Benue State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo has said nobody can stop the victory of former Senate President, Senator David Mark in the Benue South Senatorial rerun election scheduled to hold on February 20, 2016.

Agbo who is also the Coordinator of the Conference of PDP Chairmen, in an interview, said his party remains dominant in Benue South senatorial district, maintaining that there was no reason for them to fear, even though APC is now the ruling party in the state and at the centre.

“The senatorial district (Benue South) in question has nine Local Governments and eleven seats in the House of Assembly. Ten of them are in PDP. Agreed that after we gave victory to the ten of them, one or two of them said they are defecting. Then of the four members of the House of Reps from the zone, all four are PDP.

In my own Federal Constituency no party fielded anybody against our candidate. Then we won the Senate and somebody came and said it is nullified. Everybody knows that judgement was clearly not correct.

But of course we have taken it; we have accepted it because that is the last point we can go to seek redress. But I can assure you that as we go into that rerun clearly on the 20th of February, we will certainly win the election hands down,” Agbo declared.

The PDP chieftain added that no amount of propaganda would work for any other candidate, as according to him, the people of Benue South senatorial zone are solidly behind the ex-Senate President for his laudable contributions to the advancement of the district since he joined the Senate in 1999.

It will be recalled that the Appeal Court sitting in Makurdi had on November 28, 2015, nullified the Benue South Senatorial District election where Mark was declared winner, on the grounds of substantial breaches of the Electoral Act, consequent upon an appeal filed by Daniel Onjeh, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC.