- Mark in early lead
Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has raised alarm over the plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC to manipulate the election results already won by it.
State chairman of the PDP Dr. Emmanuel Agbo who raised the alarm yesterday in Otukpo, said that the APC has hijacked the results from the polling units in Ogbadibo local government area and have refused to hand over to the collation officers.
The APC candidate Daniel Onjeh is the one leading the charade.
Agbo therefore called on all security operatives to arrest the situation forthwith so that the will of the people will not be thwarted.
He said, “The APC in connivance with some security operatives have refused to allow the PDP agents access to the result sheets.
“Field reports from the polling centres have shown that the PDP has got 75 per cent of the votes cast across the Senatorial District which the APC is uncomfortable with.
“Let me, however, on behalf of our party express appreciation to the people of Benue South otherwise called the Idoma/Igede nation for the support and solidarity to the PDP.
“In spite of the unprovoked attacks, our people came out in their large numbers to vote for the PDP candidate Senator David Mark.”
Meanwhile, from some of the results being announced so far at the different polling units in the Benue South senatorial election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, the immediate past senate president, David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has taken an early lead.
Mark’s opponent is Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
It would be recalled that Mark’s election was voided last year by the Court of Appeal which ordered a rerun within ninety days.
Some of the unofficial results include: Okpamaju PU, Okete Ward, Otukpo local government, PDP 88, APC 52, Igumale Ward 1, Ai-Ameh PU in Ado local,government area; PDP 64 , APC 26. Obagaji Primary School, Agatu local government; PDP 377 , APC 7, Open Space Akpenwo PU, Agadagba Ward in Ohimini local government, PDP 88, APC 61, Otukpo LGA, Adoka-Ehaje PU, Aune Play Ground 1 in Otukpo local government area; PDP 135, APC 6, Akpari PU, Okpoga-North Ward, Okpokwu LGA : APC; 105 , PDP=77. Otukpo Club GRA PU : PDP 150 , APC 37 and Otia Open, PDP; 327, APC 43.
Others are Apa Edikwu in Apa local government area, PDP 139, APC 27, Agatu Ogbaulu, PDP 75, APC 31, Okpoga North, APC 105, PDP 77, Agadagba ward, PDP 88, APC 61, Igwumale ward, PDP 64, APC 26, Ai-Oonoh 11, Zaria Efugo, PDP 22, APC 101, Old Igeri polling unit, Ai-Oonoh ward, PDP 226, APC 45, Effa PU, Okokwu, PDP 162, APC 116, Adankari PU in Otukpo, PDP 161, APC 119, Akpegede PU, Otukpo, PDP 69, APC 49, Akapli Playground, PDP 182, APC 23, Olukpe-Oleja, 84, APC 12, Market Square 1, PDP 84, APC 26, Primary School Odessasa 1, PDP 106, APC 35, Dispensary PU, Ukpokolo, PDP 118, APC 40, Market Square 11, PDP 93, APC 53.
Senator Mark, while addressing newsmen after casting his vote at the Otukpo Club 1 polling unit, had expressed optimism that he would win the election even as he condemned the pockets of violence that preceded the election.
The state deputy governor, Benson Abounu at a chat with newsmen in his Otukpo-Icho country home, said he would be the first person to congratulate Mark if he wins the election.
Abounu, who was Sen Mark’s campaign director in 1999, said he parted ways with Mark because his advice on democracy and how it should be practiced fell on deaf ears.
However, unconfirmed sources indicated that APC chieftains in the nine local government areas were making arrangements to snatch and doctor the results in favour of their candidate.
The local government caretaker committee chairmen were particularly said to have vowed to deliver their areas for the party at all cost.