PDP congratulates David Mark as APC disowns congratulatory message

David Mark arriving the polling unit

Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, has congratulated its candidate, David Mark, for winning the Benue South Senatorial rerun election.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said Mr. Mark’s victory signalled the support it still enjoyed with Nigerians.

“It is instructive to note that the PDP had won 70 percent of all the polls conducted since May 29, 2015, a development that underlines the fact of its deep roots and popularity as a brand, irrespective of the transitory setback of the 2015 general elections,” the party said.

While the PDP congratulated Mr. Mark, the ruling All Progressives Congress has denied congratulating the former Senate President.

The APC said the twitter handle @APCNigeria, which congratulated Mr. Mark, was not an official one. The handle had been used to tweet APC messages in the past.

Mr. Mark, who has been in the Senate since democracy returned in 1999, was declared winner early Sunday morning amid protest by his main challenger, Daniel Onjeh of the APC, who demanded that the election be declared inconclusive.

The former senate president scored 84,192 votes, leaving a margin of 12,571 votes between him and Mr. Onjeh, who garnered 71,621 votes.

A total of 29,273 votes were cancelled.

After Mr. Mark was declared winner, Mr. Onjeh’s agent, Eloyi Ogbeh, protested, saying the number of cancelled votes (29,273) was higher than the margin of win (12,571).

In its statement by its National Secretary, Mala Buni, the APC said, “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 ruling party said only its “National Chairman and the National Secretary officially speak for the party.”


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  • Ish Adam

    APC as a brand is damaged so come 2019 Nigerians should reject this fake brand.

    • Dare

      You must be dreaming. The wise Nigerians are still wise. They will never downgrade themselves from being wise to become fools. Let PDP hold on to its people and APC will always hold on to the wise people who have moved beyond tribalism and religion sentiments for the betterment of Nigeria.

      • C.J.

        Time would tell



    It is a great pity that Buhari will allow extremely corrupt persons like Olisa Metuh to continue existing outside Nigeria prison walls.

    Until the likes of Olisa Metuh locked up in Nigeria prisons for life … one can not really say that Buhari is fighting corruption.

    Shame on PDP for allowing rogues like Olisa Metuh to speak on their behalf.

  • Otile

    At first Chairman Mao banned all imported goods, cut ties with predatory foreign market forces, shunned borrowing money from World Bank, killed all coupists and ex-coupists, hanged all known corrupt officials, made education free for all citizens, rewarded scholars specializing in science and Math. He then looked inward, promoted unity and justice for all, checked religious extremists, abolished polygamy, checked excessive population growth, and emphasized nationalism.

    Today China is self-sufficient, 2nd most powerful economic power in the world. Here in the Republic of Nigeria Buhari is
    a non-starter. He is not doing anything useful to mankind. He is nepotistic and anti-science. His policies are not the way to develop a nation.

    Don’t get me wrong, I do not hate Buhari. The problem is that he does not know any better, his advisers and appointee do not
    know any better either. There are many Nigerians from every zone who can move the country forward, but such people are often ignored or clamped down by the corrupt forces.

    • Basketmouth

      Comparing Nigeria with Mao’s China is far fetched. Dictatorship and democracy does not have anything in common. If Buhari start the same Mao’s revolution in Nigeria today, what do you think majority of Nigerians will say or do? While Mao succeeded in China, Gandhi also succeeded in India without using the same revolutionary method of Mao. I think for Nigeria to evolve, we must adopt the regionalism of the past by creating six regions and allowing each region to enjoy greater autonomy without depending on the central government. The idea of a Federal government sitting pretty as a father Christmas to all the states is anti development. This is the major economic driver that will move Nigeria forward much more quickly than we are doing now. I think this issue should be revisited immediately.

      • Otile

        Imam Buhari is not the Messiah we are expecting, Imam belongs to antiquity. There must be a good Nigerian somewhere who can uplift the nation, such ain’t Mohamed. Ghandi only succeeded in obtaining independence for India just a Sir Tafawa Belewa, Zik, and Awo obtained independence for us. These men brought no technological breakthrough for anybody. Chairman Mao revolutionized China, purged the country of coupists and ex-coupists, corrupt practitioners, extreme religious zealots and creeps retarding his country.

        Jerry Rawling wiped out coupists and ex-coupists, entrenched backward leaders, professional corrupt politicians, and made way for Ghana to move forward. Imam Mohamed Buhari is not in the same category of these forward looking men. See the difference.

        • Basketmouth

          You still don’t get it. The nation has opted for democratic government and we are going to find solution to our problems within the ambit of democratic process. Mao and Rawlings were dictators and except we are prepared to pull down the whole structure, there is no way Rawlings and Mao can appeal to majority of Nigerians. By the way it was true that Mao moved mountain but he also killed innocent millions in the process.

  • Otile

    Dauda Mark, shame on you, shame on your party PDP, shame on Islamic APC congratulating your for your satanic victory. Shame on the backward people who continue voting for you. Your sheepish leadership has not added any value to Nigeria. As always it is same old shit. As always you people will be backward, will be in need for ever. No
    amount of humanitarian aid will solve their problems. Nigeria needs to
    separate. Nonsense

  • Action Group

    The Idoma nation may have spoken with their votes but they must realise that their suffering continues until they are able to detach themselves from the apron string of David ” phones are not meant for the poor ” Mark.Their parasitic nature will not abate until they see themselves as independent people like Daniel Onjeh who gave Mark a run for his money, the young man actually won the elections by our own calculations. David should leave the stage now that the ovation is loudest, it not yet uhuru for him.Congratulations Onjeh, your future is bright and guaranteed.

    • Ote James

      Your message is not clear. Aligning with the APC has drowned Imo State economically. While I agree that the PDP is bad indeed, the APC is worst as we have seen in all the state under their control, from Edo to Imo to Osun. With all the revenue base of Lagos, the development is largely marginal and debt profile increasing. Pls what’s your massage?

  • favourtalk

    Honestly, it is still surprising why INEC will declare him winner when they still have almost 30thoussnds votes to cast. It isn’t good at all

  • abodes_124

    1. i think based on previous practice the election should have been declared inconclusive because of the number of cancelled votes.
    2. I am relieved that the APC has denied congratulating the winner of an election. They are now acting true to type as they declare any election won by an opponent to be rigged and must be challenged and overturned by all means possible. That is the example set by their ‘leader’ and they are following suit.