SENATE PRESIDENT COMMENDED FOR LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENTS
The Senate President, Senator David Mark has been commended for his landmark achievements at the Senate and his unequalled contribution and efforts at attracting democracy dividends to the Idoma nation.
Benue Liaison Officer to Senate President, Mr. Adakole Elijah who gave this commendation while hosting newsmen in Makurdi recently also challenged any Idoma indigene to prove his or her contributions to the Idoma nation like Senator David Mark has done.
He stated that with his giant strides and developmental efforts both at the national and state levels especially to his constituency, the Senate president would have a smooth ride to the Senate again if he wishe to contest for the fourth time.
Earlier in the year, PDP chieftains in Benue South Senatorial District (Zone C) had converged on Oturkpo where they unanimously endorsed the Senate president for another term in the Senate for his effective representation of the constituency at the National Assembly.
However, widespread condemnation followed the endorsement by a section of Idoma personalities who are said to be opposed to the candidature of Sen. Mark at the Senate because of their personal interest in the position.
Adakole maintained that Mark had done a lot to raise the pedestal of the Idoma people who are a minority group in the country by providing infrastructure in education with the establishment of the National Open University in Oturkpo which is the only one outside any state capital in the country.
The Benue State liaison officer also listed the Senate president's efforts at lobbying effectively and ensuring the appointment of Idoma sons as ministers, chairmen of federal boards and promotion of some to federal permanent secretaries as one of his greatest achievements.
He stated that Gen. Mike Onoja and co-contenders for the Senate seat of the zone are no threat to the Senate president since according to him, no Idoma son, dead or alive has contributed to the overall development of the zone like Mark has done, pointing out that when the right time came, Onoja and others would be politically castrated.
'No Idoma son, dead or alive has contributed to the overall development of the Idoma race like Mark has done and that explains his overwhelming endorsement for another term in office by prominent Idoma indigenes. We are not afraid of Onoja and others because when the time comes, they all will be politically castrated.'
Describing insinuations held in some quarters that the Senate president did not support the nomination of Hon. Samuel Ode as minister as handiwork of detractors, Adakole averred that, 'Any one who holds such view is a pathological liar. Mark played a key role in the ascension of Ode to minister of the Federal Republic. People who say these lies are just envious because they do not want David Mark's name to be linked to any good thing.'