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Mark Declined Entering Witness Box At Tribunal, APC Candidate, Onjeh Insists

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David Mark-Daniel OnjehThe All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Benue South, Comrade Daniel Onjeh, has faulted Senator David Mark’s claim that he was never invited to testify from the witness box.

Mark, whose declaration as winner of the March 28 National Assembly election is currently being challenged by Onjeh at the Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, reportedly refused to testify from the witness box when he appeared at the tribunal on August 18.

But the former senate president had in a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Kola Ologbondiyan, denied he was called to enter the witness box.

The Director-General of the Onjeh Campaign Organisation, Mr. Matthias Omikpa, however, said Senator Mark was being economical with the truth.

He advised him to be truthful, to avoid misleading his followers and the public as an elder statesman.
A statement by Omikpa yesterday wondered why the senator and his team did not counter the story when it was first published that he would be appearing at the tribunal to defend his fifth term victory.

The statement said: “To say it was not the intention of Mark to appear in the witness box to testify at the tribunal is merely an afterthought. Their belated reaction to this glaring fact betrays their sincerity on the subject.

“Through a motion on notice for additional witness statement on oath, David Mark deposed to an affidavit on his written statement as a star witness. At the sitting of August 13, Mark’s counsel, Kenneth Ikonne, to the hearing of everyone, including reporters, told the tribunal that his client, the first respondent, Senator David Mark, was coming to testify at the adjourned date, which was August 18 and accordingly, Mark appeared at the adjourned date for the first time since the tribunal started sitting on Onjeh’s petition.

“It’s a fact in law, which Senator Mark as one-time number one lawmaker should know that to give life an effect to one’s written statement on oath, it must be adopted before the trial court from the witness box, and the deponent is consequently cross-examined.

“Whether by joke, Mark’s counsel at the sitting told the tribunal why he would not allow his client to be cross-examined, saying he wouldn’t want the petitioner’s counsel, Tunji Oso, to harass Mark.

“If one may ask, why did Mark depose to a written witness statement on oath in defence of the petition against him by Comrade Onjeh? Was it for fun sake? Of all the sittings, why was it the only one his counsel announced that he would come to testify and be cross-examined, David Mark appeared? But did he testify?

“We were right inside the tribunal at the sitting Mark attended; he already took position at the witness bench in readiness to enter the box. As we all awaited the entry of the panel of judges into the open court, the tribunal secretary and other officials of the court dragged in about nine big ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags loaded with Onjeh’s evidence that were tendered and admitted by the tribunal as exhibits against the three documentary evidence, which were newspapers tendered for Mark.

“On sighting them, suddenly we noticed this strange uneasiness by Mark, then his younger brother, Igoche and his counsel went to sit by him, obviously to encourage him, but it appeared that failed before the tribunal chairman and other members of her panel appeared. Its obvious Mark declined entry into the witness box for fear of being grilled and the attendant embarrassment. The society today is not as gullible as they thought. Our advice to Mark and his camp is, rather than this distraction, they should concentrate on their defence”.

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  1. By odoh martin

    August 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Onjey Daniel remember what goes around comes around ,stop dis media harassment on d most distinguish senator mark.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

Also Read: Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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