Drama As Three Witnesses Abandon David Mark At Tribunal


A drama ensued Tuesday at the Benue state Election Petitions Tribunal, where former senate president, David Mark, is defending his return into the senate. Three of the eight witnesses scheduled to appear for Mark did not show up, and one of whom his counsel, Kenneth Ikonne, said had defected to the All Progressives Congress. Mark’s election is being challenged by APC senatorial candidate, Daniel Onjeh. Onjeh alleged electoral malpractices were comitted to favour Mark during the election. Aside the disappearance of the three, another of the witnesses – all ward collation agents for the Peoples Democratic Party – blundered under cross-examination. The affected agent recanted that names were ticked on the voter register after testifying it was earlier. Another was said to have admitted form EC 8A, which is the result sheet, were mutilated and altered. Tribunal chairman, Justice Mosumola Dipeolu, adjourned the matter to August 13 for continuation of defence.

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