Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, on his victory in the re-run election for the Benue South Senatorial District seat.
Ekweremadu, in an emailed statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), Mr. Uche Anichukwu, 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 re-run elections.
Ekweremadu, who saluted the people of the District for their vigilance and gallantry in defence of democracy, maintained that Mark would still win the election, if it is conducted several times.
“The people have proved, once again, that you cannot deceive all the people all the time. 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.
“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,” he said.
On the postponed National Assembly re-run elections in Rivers State and Imo North Senatorial District, 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,” the statement added.