The people of Benue South have returned to the polling unit to vote for their senator as accreditation commenced early in some polling units in Saturday’s senatorial rerun election in the state.
The election is a close contest between a former Senate President, David Mark, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and David Onjeh, a former student’s leader, and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rerun is coming on the heels of the Appeal Court nullification of the initial election on March 28, 2015 of which Mr Mark was declared winner.
Accreditation started and is going on smoothly in most polling units.
Benue South Senatorial District has nine local government areas, dominated mainly by the Idoma ethnic nationality.
The district also has significant populations of Igede, Agila, Alala, Apa and Agatu. Messrs Mark and Onjeh are native Idomas.
Aside from the Benue rerun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is also conducting three senatorial election reruns in the following regions:
- Imo North Senatorial District – Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu of the APC got his election nullified. He’ll face Athan Achonu of the PDP and others.
- Kogi East Senatorial District – Senator Abdul Abdulahi of the APC whose election was nullified has been barred from partaking in the elections. Attai Aidoko (PDP) and Ibrahim Itodo (LP) and others will battle for the seat.
- Kogi Central Senatorial District – Senator Muhammed Salami Ohiare (APC) was also excluded in the exercise. Alhaji Ahmed Ogembe of the PDP, will be running against Dr. Moses Wokili of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Kabiru Atta of the Labour Party, LP among others.