APC denies congratulating David Mark on rerun election victory

David Mark

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied congratulating David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his victory in Saturday’s Benue South Senatorial rerun election.

A statement signed by APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni, on Sunday described as false online publications reporting that the party has congratulated two-time Senate President.

“The APC has not issued any congratulatory message on the Benue South Senatorial rerun election.

“The ‘congratulatory message’ purportedly obtained from a twitter handle, ‘@APCNigeria’ did not emanate from the party. The purported twitter message itself is not credited to any APC official.

“The general public is advised to ignore the false message.

“The APC reiterates that only the National Chairman and the National Secretary officially speaks for the party,” the statement reads.

Mark has however appealed to his main challenger in the rerun poll, Daniel Onjeh of the APC, to join him in moving Idomaland in Benue State forward.

The PDP chieftain disclosed this during his maiden press conference after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner.

“I want to thank all sons and daughters of Idomaland because this victory is for us, not for David Mark. I also want to urge those whose political interest might have clashed with mine to join hands with me in moving Idomaland forward,” he said.

The fifth term senator declared that election is over and all efforts must be geared towards the betterment of the people.

“You (media) heard the result before me because I was sleeping when it was declared. I want to thank the support of the people and promised that I will not disappoint them. The youth stood by me.

“The election is over and I am ready to serve Idomaland again,” he added.

Dismissing calls by the APC that the election should be declared inconclusive, Mark said his major concern is on how to ensure that Idomaland is better than it was in the past, adding that there is strength in unity.