The ruling All progressives Congress, APC has faulted the declaration of former Senate President and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party's candidate, David Mark in yesterday's Benue South Senatorial rerun, stating the election result should have been inconclusive.
David Mark was on Sunday declared by INEC as the winner of the Benue South senatorial district election rerun.
Out of the nine local government areas of which the district is composed, Mr. Mark secured victory in five local government areas: Ado, Agatu, Apa, Otukpo and Okpokwu.
Mr. Daniel Onjeh, his main opponent, won in four, namely Ogbadigbo, his hometown, Ohimini, Obi and Oju LGAs. The Senatorial Returning Officer, Ishaq Eneji, said Mr. Mark garnered 84,192 votes, while Onjeh scored 71,621 votes, leaving a margin of 12,571 between the duo.
A breakdown showed 159,557 was the number of total votes cast, of which 155,813 votes were held valid, while 3,744 were rejected as invalid.
Meanwhile, a total of 29,273 votes were cancelled, higher than the margin of win of 12,571 between Messrs Mark and Onjeh, which could potentially lead to declaration of the elections inconclusive as in the case of the last gubernatorial elections in Kogi State.
However, Mr. Eneji declared Mr. Mark winner despite protest by APC agent who asked that the election election be declared inconclusive.