Tribunal faults INEC results’ sheets for Mark’s election

The Hon. Justice Dipeolu Mosumola-led National and State Legislative Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has held that the certified true copies of result forms produced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not reflect the actual incidence at the March 28 poll for the Benue South senatorial district.

The petitioner, Daniel Onjeh, also told the court during cross examination that the 1st Respondent, David Mark, did not win the elections with 49, 423 votes because the result of the election was concocted and falsified.

According to Onjeh, the irregularities, malpractices, allocation of votes, multiplication of figures, overvoting, over accreditation, concoction of results were all reflected on the faces of the documents tendered in court.

Testifying before the panel, a witness, Adeola Olayiwole, said his team observed irregularities in 700 units of the 1,015 polling units in Benue South senatorial district. Adeola said his findings highlighted gross irregularities and non-compliance in order to establish if there are discrepancies in the voters register and whether or not the presiding officers followed the process and procedure laid down by INEC for the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

He, however, denied that he distorted facts in his analysis and made a comedy of errors as was put to him by counsel to Mark, Kenneth Ikonne.

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