2015: Mark, Suswam, others harp on Violent-Free polls
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President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state yesterday further advanced the course of democracy in Nigeria as a precursor for service delivery centered on people .
This, they opined should be anchored on justice, fairness and equity as the antidote to rancour and acrimony in the polity.
The Senate President and the Governor both vying for 2015 Senatorial seats for Benue South and Benue North East respectively spoke at the flag off of the former's 2015 senatorial bid at Och'Idoma's palace square in Otukpo, Benue state.
Specifically, Senator Mark told the crowded gathering to remain steadfast with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) to enable it consolidate on its people centred policies and programmes .
For Senator Mark, PDP is the only national vehicle to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry and not the fringe parties or others with ideologies far from peace, unity and development.
Senator Mark counseled the people against falling into the blackmail or antics of the opposition parties who have the pedigree for promoting rancour and violence in the polity.
He promised: ” we need to remain steadfast with the PDP. We need to consolidate on the foundations already laid. My mission and purpose is the welfare of our people. We want a greater Benue. We want a United, peaceful and Progressive Nigeria. This is my dream.”
He listed educational projects, such as the establishment of university in his constituency, the multi-billion Naira Otobi water Dam, the Loko/Oweto bridge project as well as employment opportunities to citizens which he said put the PDP in a better stead.
“Together, we shall achieve our dream. I will not fail you. I will not let you down. I will by the grace of God continue to give quality representation . You, my people will always be my focal point, Senator Mark promised.
The PDP, he pointed out may have its challenges but it is still the better option for Nigeria adding “we must not gamble with our future by thinking otherwise or being cajoled by parties with track records of violence “.
In his remarks, Governor Suswam thanked the people for the support and cooperation that has yielded peace and unity in the state since his emergence as governor in 2007.
The governor told his people that Benue state cannot afford to be in opposition assuring that PDP has remain a blessing for the state since 1999.
Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Steven Lawani expressed optimism that Benue is better and indeed has more to gain by remaining in the main stream politics controlled by the PDP.
State chairman of the party Dr. Emmanuel Agbo and Interior Minister Abba Morro further urged the people to invest their votes on the President Goodluck Jonathan's administration as the better choice for the nation.
Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.
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