The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, on his victory in the rerun election for the Benue South Senatorial seat.
He described the victory as one, which reaffirmed Mark's April 2015 victory in the District.
This was even as he also tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the remaining rerun elections.
Speaking through his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu saluted the people of Benue South District for their vigilance and gallantry in defence of democracy, adding that the people “proved, once again, that you cannot deceive all the people all the time, ” stressing that both the District and the nation’s democracy were better off with PDP’s Senator Mark in the Senate, given his national pedigree, institutional memory, legislative experience, and commitment to national development.
He said: “I congratulate Senator Mark and our loyal party men and women on this well deserved-victory, which reaffirms his previous victory in April 2015. We have always been confident that even if the election should be conducted a million times, PDP and Senator Mark would still win as many times.
On the postponed National Assembly rerun elections in Rivers State and Imo North Senatorial District, Senator Ekweremadu, who expressed worry over the developments, urged the people to remain calm and steadfast, just as he called on INEC to do everything within its powers to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process.
“I urge the people of the affected areas to emulate the vigilance and determination of the people of Bayelsa and now Benue South because they not only voted, but defied intimidation and manipulations to ensure that their votes counted; and they did so within the ambit of the law”, he added.