Chris Steven, Abuja
Benue state government has debunked insinuations that it interfered in the judgement of the Appeal court that nullified the election of former Senate President, Senator David Mark yesterday.
The petitioner, Mr Daniel Onjeh who was the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general elections had approached the Appeal court that the March 28 Benue South Senatorial district election was marred by irregularities when the lower court ruled in David Mark’s favour.
Speaking to our correspondent on the rumours making round in the state that the Appeal Court judgement against Senator Mark was due to an interference by some elements who had the backing of the state Governor, Samuel Orton, the Special Adviser to the Benue state Governor on media, Mr Terver Akase said the state government was not responsible for the current woes of the former senate president.
“If I am to say one or two things for my governor, what he would say in a circumstance like this is that he upholds the sanctity of the judiciary.
He has trust in the judiciary and has nothing to do with the judgement. It is what the judiciary feels that is right that has been done and I think this is deepening our democracy.
“The governor is a man who believes in justice, fair play and fair hearing. So in what sense would you then say there was an interference by the governor? I mean there is none. The governor has nothing to do in this case.
It is a National Assembly matter and the aggrieved petitioner went to court. The governor has nothing to do with this case and that is it.
“The fact is that this (Mr Daniel Onjeh) is a party member of the governor. If he wins at the court the governor , the party will be happy…the entire party in the state will be happy. But to say that the governor had a hand in the judgement is unfortunate,” Mr Terver said.
Meanwhile, following the ruling of the court Senator David Mark has called for calm among his loyalists.
In a press statement signed and made available by his media office, the Benue south Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in the last election called on his people not to be deterred but be strengthened by the re-run.
According to the statement, Senator Mark affirmed that he won the election convincingly and have no doubt that his constituents would turn out en masses to vote for him again.
” Whatever the situation may be, one thing I know is that my people are solidly behind me . They also appreciate the fact that I have done more than enough to lift Idoma nation to position of eminence in the contemporary political history of Nigeria,” Senator Mark stated.
” I won the election clean and clear. If we go back to the polls 100 times , I will still win convincingly” he added