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I’ll be last man standing for PDP –Mark

Posted: Apr 8, 2015 at 11:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Senate President,  David Mark

Senate President, David Mark

•Says defectors are fair weather friends

By Onche Odeh, Lagos

Senate President, David Mark, has denied speculations making the rounds that he was contemplating joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, on Wednesday, the Senate President affirmed his unshakable loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying, “I have no reason to jump ship. I will not leave the PDP. I will be the last man standing for the PDP. The party gave me the platform to be where I am today.

“I will stay in the PDP to contribute my quota to the rebuilding and restructuring of the party. This is democracy.

“Winners emerge and the losers goes back to the drawing board and rejuvenate.

Speaking at a special church service to mark his 67th birthday at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo in Abuja, Mark said: “The outcome of the presidential election in favour of APC is the will of God and majority of Nigerians. We, in the PDP have accepted the result in good faith.

“Those drifting to the APC now are fair weather friends of the PDP. They are seeking new green areas. When the PDP bounces back, they will seek another return to the PDP.

“I believe in PDP manifestos. I will work hard to bring the party back on track. What is important is that we have established democracy in Nigeria”.

In his remark, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, commended Mark for the wisdom he has used to pilot the affairs of the National Assembly, adding that his (Mark) continued contributions to socio-economic and political development of the country cannot be undermined.

Another senator, Tunde Ogbeha, prayed God to grant Mark good health, long life and courage in the years ahead.

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, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, stressed that only God determines the destiny of all human pointing out that “what ever the future holds for each and everyone of us is determined by God. We should continue to have faith in God.”