|Senate President David Mark|
ABUJA—–SENATE President, David Mark, yesterday ruled out the possibility of him defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC, which will have the majority members in the 8th senate, saying that he had no reason to jump ship.
There have been speculations that the Senate President and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, were contemplating dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the APC, so as to remain relevant in the leadership of the National Assembly.
About 24 hours after the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had vowed to remain with the PDP despite the fact it will be in the minority in the 8th senate to commence June this year, Senator Mark said even if every other person would leave the PDP, he would still be the last person to do that.
Speaking at the Church Service to Mark his 67th birthday at St. Mulumba’s Catholic Church, Apo, in Abuja, Senator said, “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.”
He further “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.”
Speaking at the occasion, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, eulogised the Senate President for the wisdom he had 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 .
Also speaking, Senator TUnde Ogbeha prayed God to grant the Senate President good health, long life and courage in the years ahead.
Clerk to the National Assembly, ALhaji Salisu Maikasuwa commended 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 said only God determines the destiny of all human and that “whatever the future holds for each and everyone of us is determined by God, we should continue to have faith in God.”