Senator Ojudu clarifies statement on David Mark’s connection with election postponement

Senator Babafemi Ojudu

Babafemi Ojudu, the Senator representing Ekiti Central senatorial district, has clarified a statement credited to him, accusing the Senate President, David Mark, of being part of the poll shift plot.

Recent media reports had quoted Mr. Ojudu as saying the Senate President was part of the plan that led to the postponement of the general elections, earlier scheduled for February, to March 28 and April 11.

But in a statement Thursday, Mr. Ojudu clarified that Mr. Mark only said election should not be Nigeria’s priority in a speech he gave after the 2014 summer break of the Senate.

The lawmaker explained that the senate president did not specifically ask the senators to support the postponement of the general elections.

He added that Mr. Mark only maintained that the challenge of combating Boko Haram insurgency should be Nigeria’s priority rather than elections.

With the view expressed by Mr. Mark, Mr. Ojudu said he became pessimistic of the prospect of elections holding in February since Nigeria may not have defeated Boko Haram by then.

The statement read: “What I said was that when we came back from last year’s summer break, the senate president gave a speech where he said that left to him, the defeat of Boko Haram should be the nation’s priority now and not an election.

“I said from that moment on, I began to feel that the elections, as fixed for February, may not hold since the nation may not have overcome Boko Haram by then,”


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  • Bayo Ola

    Senator Ojudu, don’t worry, we the people believe, respect and adore you. Senator David Mark is one of the problems of Nigeria. He has always aligned with all forces that undermined and still undermine the progress of Nigeria. David Mark is a man of many faces. How could the principal officer of law making organ suggests a position that intends to circumvent electoral laws he supposed to be protecting? Afghanistan and Iraq held elections during wars in their countries, so what is wrong with holding elections in Nigeria that is only at war in about 17 local government out of over 600 local government?

  • tyson

    Ojudu has always been a liar————–if u a senator cannot understand simple English then what are u doing in that Senate? There as–a bench warmer abi

  • Uturu Mgbagbu

    Another “fearless” cash and carry “journalist-“turned politician, a self-serving “freedom fighter” demonstrating a clear lack of something useful upstairs.

  • King Carlos

    mark is our biggest headache.He is meant to offer protection to the people by being on the neck of the executive through ‘checks and balances’.

  • Dan Arewa

    He was just saying the same thing but in different fashion.



  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    David Mark is one of the problem of Nigeria. He was the same man that said, military government is far better than civilian government. The same man that said, Abuja is meant for rich people and not poor ones. The same man that said, phones are not meant for the people but for the rich. No wonder he turned his senatorial district as his personal enterprise and not one could there contest with him. He believe is the most brilliant person in Benue and no one can do the job like him. He just indirectly told his colleagues what they’ve discussed in the PDP caucus meeting. May God save us from enemy within.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    He recanted because Mark properly situated him. Idiat

  • Alcindo Satori

    What a yoruba buffoon! All talk (lies by the way), no action.

  • Ette

    Very logical conclusion. We all knew Mark did not want election to hold as 2 year extension has been their plan but God Almighty will continue to disgrace them. NIGERIANS must stand up and rescue this our dear country from these wicked people in PDP. God bless Nigeria.

  • Change4nigeria

    Bench warmer… Coward , Can’t stand for is words…………………..