Monday, 14 December 2015

I’ll resist attempts to foist candidate on Idoma people –Mark

Former Senate president, David Mark, has again, told his constituents to rise to the challenge and defend their votes freely given to him on March 28.

Mark vowed to resist at­tempts by powerful political forces in the country, as well as Benue State to impose a candidate on Idoma people in the scheduled re­run election.

The former Senate president said the annulment of his election by the Appeal Court on account of disagreement in the state for no fault of his is a challenge to his constituents to come out en masse and demonstrate that they did not make any mistake by electing him on March 28.

Addressing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful in his Otukpo country home in Benue State at the weekend, Mark stressed that the unfolding development was a call on his people also called the Idoma nation to fight for their liberty and freedom from external forces.

“For me, this is a battle for our future and survival. I will continue to protect and defend the interest of Idoma nation, whether as a senator or as an ordinary man walking on the street.

“What I will resist is for outsiders to dictate to us who should or should not represent us,. at least, not in my lifetime. We must take our destiny in our hands.”

He listed a number of schools and health care centres he built in the nine local government areas in his constituency and challenged anybody in doubt to take a tour of the constituency to verify.

Mark, however, noted that arm-chair critics, who alleged he had not done much, could not discourage him, saying: “I have my record of achievements. History will judge.”

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