Buhari, Mark in closed door meeting

The Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday had a closed-door meeting with President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.

The meeting, which held at the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign office, lasted about 30 minutes.

Mr. Mark was accompanied by some of his aides.

It was not clear what the duo discussed, but sources said their discussion centred on the issues of governance.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the Special Adviser to the Senate President, told PREMIUM TIMES that he was not aware of the specific issues discussed.

He could not also say if the meeting was at the instance of Mr. Buhari or Mr. Mark.

When also contacted, a media officer in the APC Campaign Office, Paul Ibe, also said he did not know what the two leaders discussed.

He said it must have been “the normal discussions on governance”.

The Senate President won re-election to represent Benue South Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He will be leaving the office in June after eight years to pave way for an APC senator to assume office since the party (APC) will form majority in the upper legislative chamber.

Mr. Mark had recently vowed not to dump the PDP, which lost power at the centre in the March 28 presidential election to the opposition All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP in the election.

The Senate President has since vowed not to defect to the APC, saying he would prefer to remain in the PDP even if he is the last man standing.

“Before I go and sit down I have heard by way of rumour to start with in the 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,” Mr. Mark said at a church service to mark his 67th birthday anniversary earlier this month.

“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 said he would remain in the ruling party to “try to restructure PDP, bring it back.

This is democracy, there will be winner and there will be loser and the loser must accept it and the winner must accept it. It is not anything new to us.”

The Senate President lambasted those leaving the PDP for APC, describing them as “fair weather friends of PDP”.

He stressed, “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.”


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  • burning spear

    We Will Make Rivers State Ungovernable For Governor Elect, Nyesom Wike, – Gov. Amaechi.

    The out-going governor of Rivers state, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has vowed to make Rivers state ungovernable for the incoming governor of the state, who he has alleges grounded his government for almost two years. He told close associates in the Rivers state Government House while briefing them on the plan and purpose of the LG elections he intends to conduct next month just a week before his handover.

    “The whole idea is make the state ungovernable until we win our mandate. I don’t care what happens but power has changed hands,” he told cheering supporters. “I have told you why I decided to take the position of Minister of Defence…I bankrolled Buhari’s election and I will get the slots I want. There is an agreement.”
    He vowed that he is ready for the fight and that ” There will be no peace in this Brick House, till Adol takes over. I will not handover to Wike.” He declared.

    “Where is Edwin Clarke today, I am the new Edwin Clarke. The say they will start bombing pipelines, I am waiting for them. Now it is fire for fire.”

    The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the dates for the LG elections in the state. Most political parties have frowned at the sudden jerk from the commission and the NYSC and Police Force have already sent the signal that they will not be participating in the sham what a shame.

    • Ed

      What’s the definition of insanity?.
      Repeating the same thing over and over , expecting a different result. If you feel that’s you please seek medical help.

  • burning spear

    God in His Mercy is gradually exposing the real people who actually betrayed Jonathan to the world–David Mark a very unprincipled man has always been a traitor—in the army—– said all sorts of evil things about Jonathan and the oil minister for as long as his ribs can carry them–what a shame—these benue people–where is Abba Moro————-

  • Enemona

    Bihari, beware if these guys. They have several ways of poisoning.

    • Tunsj

      Couldn’t agree more. David Mark has no credibility at all.

      • Dan maikoko

        Sorry. I read the name Devil Mark!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Good to read you hear, bruv.

      It has been a while.

      Congrats are still in order.

      @Tunsj, that does not exclude you either.

      Well done guys, but please remember that we have to keep a close eyes on the CHANGE before the evil ones can hijack it.

      • Prince Omu

        Shut up! Cowards! arent u pple ashamed of yourselves? In the yrs following 1985 you all told any who cared to listen that the brain behind Buhari’s regime was his Yoruba deputy called Idiagbon. Some of us still has Punch news paper cut outs that carry several statements by Yoruba leaders affirming that axiom as it were.So Buhari was incompetent then. Twice Buhari contested but your ethnic Thief OBJ was in power and you all rejected Buhari at the pools………………..then suddenly, after he threatened you people and got his Boko haram support, all Yorubas whethe5r educated or illiterate started calling Buhari their messiah. Isn’t that mumuistic?

        I am convinced that if Sheka, the boko haram killer had contested Nigerian presidency, he would have gotten more votes from the Yorubas than Buhari got. Despite this shame, you’ve got the guts to come here and be posting smoke. Nonsense!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          lol, Prince Mumu.

          Seems you forgot to take your medications tonight!

          E be as he get o. Ol’boy, no kill yaself!!

          • Screw-em

            @ Kay, You 4 no respond…….Na Deri, going through his daily traumatic convolution as usual….lol

  • Kimono

    Just look at him? Frail looking uneducated clueless parasite. Since he cowed the ‘brave’ Yorubas into voting like dumbees he has not mentioned his “Chibok Girls” he has not even spoken on the blood of the innocent that he has spilled through his co-award winning field commander – Shekau. But he has time to be meeting people here & there and basking in the mumuistic euphoria of winning the Yoruba votes by coercion.

    Oh Lord Luggard! You will never rest in peace foe amalgamating Nigeria.

    I know judgment day will be very interesting. I only pity anyone who will be behind Bokohari on the queue on judgment day. That unfortunate individual will have to wait, standing for days because the evil deeds of Bokohari will take that long to examine.

    • Ahmad

      Yeah. That’s the point. Frail looking, uneducated, old, parasite almajiri cattle rearer giving your fat, well educated and civilized Otouke born P. hd holder a bloody nose at the polls. Don’t you think everything is wrong with your hero?

      • ticolo

        …all it takes to get your Oluwole tribesmen to vote is a threat. That is all. Nothing more! Just a stern threat and all of you, young and old, dead or alive, will fall in line ready to support that person who has issued that threat. Such is the height of pervasive cowardice amongst you people that you even threw shame to the dogs by coming here to post your comment in an Hausa name instead of your real Oluwole identity.

        When Alimi invaded Ilorin over 200yrs ago from Bornu, he had one thing in mind – to enslave the Yoruba people & reign over the conquered forever. He thus drove the Oba of Ilorin into the forest and he has remained there till date….and all Yorubas from Ilorin now bow down to a Northern emir on Yoruba soil. This describes you people more than anything else. So, if you praise your alien Emir and accept him, then no one would be surprised that you can come here to accept, defend & praise Shekau & Buhari.

        • Ahmad

          Threat? The worst threat against this country came from the creeks. Terrorist Tompolo, war monger Asari Dokubo, Edwin the clown, Madam Stone them and other foreign trained terrorists under the guise of amnest. We were all worried because the shoeless C in C doesn’t give a damn. Hence we voted for a frail looking but no nonsense retired ALMAJIRI General of the Nigerian Army. Just try testing his broom stick muscle with your empty threat of blowing oil pipelines and you will know what it means to be a Fulani General.

    • Jaja2015

      Last time I checked, your “hero” Jonathan is still President. Where is he? Goat!

  • burning spear

    We Will Make Rivers State Ungovernable For Governor Elect, Nyesom Wike, – Gov. Amaechi.

    The out-going governor of Rivers state, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has vowed to make Rivers state ungovernable for the incoming governor of the state, who he has alleges grounded his government for almost two years. He told close associates in the Rivers state Government House while briefing them on the plan and purpose of the LG elections he intends to conduct next month just a week before his handover.

    “The whole idea is make the state ungovernable until we win our mandate. I don’t care what happens but power has changed hands,” he told cheering supporters. “I have told you why I decided to take the position of Minister of Defence…I bankrolled Buhari’s election and I will get the slots I want. There is an agreement.”
    He vowed that he is ready for the fight and that ” There will be no peace in this Brick House, till Adol takes over. I will not handover to Wike.” He declared.

    “Where is Edwin Clarke today, I am the new Edwin Clarke. The say they will start bombing pipelines, I am waiting for them. Now it is fire for fire.”

    The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the dates for the LG elections in the state. Most political parties have frowned at the sudden jerk from the commission and the NYSC and Police Force have already sent the signal that they will not be participating in the sham.

    • TC

      Fabrication, try harder….lol mumu

    • Ed

      What’s the definition of insanity?.
      Repeating the same thing over and over , expecting a different result. If you feel that’s you please please seek medical help.

    • sam

      Your name is not burning issue, you are Mr wike-just start taking cover. Rotimi Amaechi cannot and will not say anything like this.

    • SAM .A

      Go back and check all the garbages u have been pouring here since the begining of the campaign and election, it is running into billion WORDS. Are you OK? Your post traumatic crisis induced by loss of election, and the wound it left in your troubled heart ,which will make you go forward and hang yourself

  • sam

    Mark went to say ranka dede. He has nothing to discuss. He was the chief adviser of jona, since jona has failed Buhari will not accept any advice from him.

  • SAM .A

    GMB Sir, David Mark is one of the change we voted for, he is one of the engineers of impunity,his activity in this passing senate should be called into question, the abuse of power in bow & go is another thing . Mark remain the power broker in Jonathans corruption enterprise.MEETING such a man or hobnobbing with him is uncall for .
    On change we all voted for , on change we stand.

  • GusO

    In retrospect, creation of all the new States beyond the existing 19 or even beyond the original 12 States created by Yakubu Gowon was a mistake. Most States depend on the welfare of the Federal Government and are unable to generate enough internal revenues to survive on their own.