David Mark vows to remain in PDP even as “last man standing”

Former Senate President, Senator David Mark

The Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday said he would not defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in order to return as Senate President.

He said he would rather remain a member of the Peoples Democratic Party to restructure the party in readiness for the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Mark spoke during a mass held at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja, to mark his 67th birthday anniversary.

There were speculations that ahead of the June 6 inauguration of the 8th session of the National Assembly, the Senate President, who has occupied the position on PDP ticket since 2007, would dump the party for the APC to enable him continue in office.

Mr. Mark has been in the Senate since 1999 but became its president in June 2007. He won his re-election bid in the March 28 National Assembly elections to represent Benue South Senatorial District.

But the Senate President said no member of the APC had spoken to him about decamping, vowing that he would remain in PDP to restructure the party because it made him what he is today.

He said, “Before I go and sit down I have heard by way of rumour to start with in social media that I am decamping to APC. Social media is awash with that. If I will be the last man standing I will remain in PDP.

“The rumour is just an unnecessary fabrication and I even heard that one of the papers yesterday had it as headline. The media men must please make sure they investigate cases before they begin to publish it.

“Nobody has spoken to me from APC. I have no reasons whatsoever to leave PDP, no reasons. I have risen to where I am on the platform of PDP. PDP has a manifesto and I believe in it.”

Mr. Mark, a retired brigadier general of the Nigerian Army, described those who are leaving the PDP since the victory of the APC in the presidential election as “fair weather friends of PDP”.

“Those who are leaving PDP now are fair weather friends of PDP. So they have gone (and) they have no problem. When PDP bounces back in few years in the next couple of elections or next election they will come back again to PDP. So they will move. Those ones are not really the issues.

“So, the point I want to make is that I remain in PDP and I will try to restructure PDP, bring it back again. This is democracy, there will be a winner and there will be a loser and the loser must accept it and the winner must accept it. It is not anything new for us.

“Nigerians have spoken and we in PDP have accepted it. That is the will of God and that is the will of Nigerians and so there is no need for anybody to speculate any more doomsday stories,” he stressed.
The Senate President said all over the world all political parties are entrenched through their manifestoes and they talk to the people.

He said Nigerians must remain one united people and that they must put Nigeria first above every other consideration.

He said God answered prayers offered by Nigerians before the elections hence they were peacefully conducted.
According to him, there were many prophecies of doom before the election but that those prophecies did not come to pass. He asked the prophets to apologise to Nigerians.

“There were so many prophecies, so many but the problem is that all these prophecies when things don’t go their own way they find another way of coming back to us that they mean this or that and they spoke in tongues and we didn’t hear. But we thank God for that.

“As a nation we have risen well beyond the wishes of all these prophets of doom. But what is really more important is that we have established democracy in this country, strong roots of democracy because that is what this election has shown that PDP the ruling party is no more the party at the centre even though we are going to win many more states than the APC.

“But that one will happen on Saturday, not now. Let me not comment on that one but I am very sure about that one,” Mr. Mark said.

He thanked members of his immediate family for their continuous prayers, noting that it was the prayers that made him to succeed in his assignment as Senate President.

“I have always assured you as members of this my immediate family that I will do only those things that are honest in the eyes of you my brothers and sisters. Even in the eyes of God, I will be sincere that I will do those things that are acceptable and noble and make all of you very proud.

“Whatever I have achieved today, it is because you continuously remembered me in your prayers. Every morning here you ask for God’s wisdom on me and on His eminence and I think God has answered your prayers.”

Earlier, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, eulogised Mr. Mark for the wisdom he employed in piloting the affairs of the Senate and the National Assembly.

He said the Senate President’s contributions to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria cannot be undermined.

Mr. Mark’s close friend and a former senator, Tunde Ogbeha, prayed God to grant the Senate President good health, long life and courage in the years ahead.

Also, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, praised the Senate President for his resourceful leadership and harmonious working relationship between the management and the political leadership.

In his homily, the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Innocent Jooji, a Reverend Father noted that only God determines the destiny of all human pointing out that ”Whatever the future holds for each and every one of us is determined by God, ” we should continue to have faith in God.”


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  • John

    Senator Mark, without mincing words, you’re my role model any day. Remain steadfast and your God even the almighty God will never allow shame to befall you. Wishing you a happy birthday celebration.

    • Trigger

      you need deliverance…

    • me

      WHAT A GREAT ROLE MODEL?
      NO WONDER FAYOSE IS YOUR OTHER ROLE MODEL.

    • deetruuth

      Obanikoro must also be your role model as well. If God were men, life as we know it would have ceased to exist.The worst enemy to mankind is ignorance. For your information, when God created humans, God gave us “Free Will” as a added bonus to enable us fulfill our desire. With this gift, we are judged and compensated or punished according to our deeds. Be warned!!!

    • Action Group

      Birds of the same feathers flock together.

  • Wähala

    Sen. David Mark is the “Fall Guy” in the historic defeat of the PDP and Dumbo. He crippled the Senate and literally removed a crucial arm of democracy from functioning the way it was envisaged by rubber-stamping everything from the presidency. Mark prevent the Service Chiefs from testifying before the Senate about their waste of $6bn/yr in defence budget while our soldiers complained of poor equipment. David Mark’s last atrocious act was using his PDP goons to confirm Obanikoro in his office as a junior minister against wise counsel and popular outcry across the land. Mark did a disservice to Nigeria and I’m glad he has now been reduced to a nobody in the in-coming Senate, and he will be forced to observe how an ideal Senate plays the role of checks-n-balances in government. David Mark is a corrupt fraud and an IBB stooge in the NASS, just as his fellow stooges Sambo Dasuki and Aliyu Gusua, they worked for the evil genius and not for Nigeria. Shame on Mark, while Dumbo and VP Sambo can move on, David Mark remains in disgrace as a former Nr. 3 citizen now number 170millionth ordinary Senator. Hahaha choi… how the mighty fall like Humpty Dumpty!

  • Maitama Tambari

    Time will tell. At the moment, shame will not allow you. May after the tribunal, you may change your mind. Time will tell.

  • Jika

    Happy birthday to you sir.My wishes for you are;If you did good to Nigeria and Nigerians,may goodness follow you all through.If you were just and upright in the discharge of your constitutional responsibilities,may you experience justice and upliftment for the rest of your days.If you were honorable and dignified in presiding over the affairs of the senate,may honor and dignity be your eternal portion.I say amen to this prayer and,I hope you will say amen too.Happy birthday once again sir.

  • TC

    Ole Mark….. fat thief…. even if you switch to APC nothing for you. The liar knows it…..lmaO

  • Sword of Damocles

    The two stumbling blocks (that are inimical) to Nigeria’s Growth, Development, and greatness are 1) That uncouth, brutish man known as Sen D. Mark and 2) the Looters getting to keep their loot under President Buhari’s Administration. On #1, it doesnt take a “Rhodes scholar” to ascertainn that David Mark has ONLY disdain for the Nigerian masses(he has demonstrated it TIME & TIME AGAIN). He must not be Senate President come June 2015. On #2,only time will tell. For me personally, what excited me about this electional process, was PROVING to everyone that NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW. Now if the Generals(during the nineties), and the civilian era looters get to KEEP these LOOTED FUNDS, then it would demonstrate to the world that Nigeria has TWO Systems: a “rule of impunity” for the Ruling Elites(North, South, East, & West) and the “rule of law” for the rest of us(the Masses). Justice is something that even a child can recognize. It would not be JUST, for the majority of Nigerians to be living in Pernury, while the “people” who are responsible for that “state of penury”, get to keep the stolen money of the masses, living in luxury in our midst. The Incoming APC Government would be making a Fatal error if they think the masses will be satisfied with a situation where monies are stolen, and we are told that the Government can only go after corruption that occurs under their watch. Over $300 billion has been stolen since 1999, so that this postulation is a non-starter with Nigerians.

    • Sword of Damocles

      ……about this electoral process…..

  • Curseless

    David Mark is financially settled with his Swizerland account that was recently revealed. He should tell us how much he was worth before politics and how much he is worth now. The difference is clear.

  • Kekedu

    Self delusion. Who needs you in APC? After your shameful confirmation of Koro the rigger. What a sad way to end a sterling career!

  • VASSILL

    Mark is high on some FFK poo, so don’t blame him 4 talking this way. For ur mind David, u think u ar in d list of 1st five senators to be considered by d APC? After ur abysmal failure & robbing the seven senate of a place in history. Guy wake up. Remember u once said telephones are not 4 poor pple. I have learnt not 2 take u seriously.

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