Mark declares to run for Senate for the fifth time in a row


Senate President, David Mark has finally made known his intent to contest the 2015 election following his endorsement at the weekend by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue South senatorial district as its sole candidate.

This would be the fifth time Mark would be flying the party’s ticket as he has run and so far won in all the elections for the Benue South senatorial seat since 1999.

Speaking at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Otukpo, Benue State, Mark said on Saturday that the desire of the Idoma community to return him to the Senate again would no doubt create history in the political equation of the country.

The Senate President, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, said he was humbled by the demand of his kinsmen and would not turn down the offer because he said the Idoma people deserve a place in national politics.

According to Moro, “the Senate president has accepted the call.”

Earlier, the Chairman of PDP in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, said the endorsement was for the common good of the Idoma nation which he asserted cannot afford to downplay the prominence the office of the Senate president has brought to the tribe.

The motion for the adoption of Mark as the party’s flag bearer for the zone in 2015 was moved by the Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Stephen Omeje, a move that was unanimously agreed to by all.

Dignitaries present at the meeting include deputy governor of the state, Chief Steven Lawani, Rep. Hassan Saleh, former minister of state for Education, Prof. Jerry Agada and all the nine local government Chairmen in the zone.

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