Chief David Attah
AN elder statesman and a prominent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Benue State, Chief David Attah, has expressed confidence that the purported fifth term bid of the Senate President, David Mark, would be successful.
Reacting to comments in a national daily credited to Chief Mike Onoja, a former Permanent Secretary with the Federal Ministry of Defence, that Mark’s bid to return to the senate will not be smooth sailing due to lack of support from the Idoma people, Attah said Onoja’s bid to unseat Mark will fail.
The PDP chieftain, who was the former chief press secretary to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Attah while speaking with journalists in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, said while Onoja reserves the legitimate right to contest election to the senate, he added that the former permanent secretary may not achieve his ambition in view of what he described as “special political circumstances and exigencies of the moment.”
Attah said: “Onoja has the legitimate aspiration to contest the election to the senate, but I am of the view that the political circumstances and the exigencies of the moment are heavily stacked against him.”
He noted further, “At the moment, David Mark by virtue of his position as the Senate President and third most powerful Nigerian in the current political dispensation represents the voice of Idoma people. For the Idoma people to shop for another person to replace him at this material time will be tantamount to embarking on a political suicide mission.”
He added that Mark’s 15 years of service in the senate has not only conferred respect on the Idoma nation, it has also brought stability in the leadership of the senate and the nation’s body polity as a whole.
Source: The Nation
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