By James Ibechi
Take for joke that appellate court is the highest court of law in Nigeria and that there is no Supreme Court to go, many camps, if not the whole world, would by now erupted in joy and great excitement at the breaking news of the booting out of the iroko of Idoma politics, the Okpokpowuru ki Idoma, former Senate President David Mark, from the Senate by virtue of the nullification of his election today by a Makudi appeal court. But because there is one more notch to go, which is obviously the Supreme Court, many of his political foes will reserve their jubilation.
In the news proper, a Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State has nullified the election of the former senate president, ordering a re-run of the poll within 90 days.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Benue South, Mr Donald Onjeh had challenged the decision of the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld the victory of Senator Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Onjeh’s lawyer, Adetunji Oso, also urged the Appellate Court to allow his appeal and set aside the decision of the Tribunal.
He said the court erred when it held that the papers tendered by his client were mere documentary hearsay.
The documents, according to Mr Oso, demonstrated that while the collation of results for the Benue South senatorial district’s election on March 28 was still ongoing in seven of the nine local government areas, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Senator Mark winner of the poll.