- Daniel Onjeh called on Nigerians not to consider David Mark for presidency
- The senatorial aspirant claimed the former Senate president has not benefitted Benue people
- He claimed Benue South has been disconnected from national development
Senatorial aspirant for Benue South senatorial district, Daniel Onjeh, has asked Nigerians not to take David Mark’s presidential ambition serious claiming the senator has nothing to offer Nigerians.
The Nation reports that he spoke after obtaining his nomination form in Abuja on Thursday, September 6.
Onjeh said as someone from the former Senate president’s hometown, it would seem normal for him to support Mark’s presidential aspiration but that he would not because of his failure.
He claimed the people from Benue have not benefitted from Mark’s position in the Senate even when he served as Senate president and a de facto president.
He said: “Well, ideally it would be appropriate to support one from your home town particularly for the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is and exalted office every ethnic group or tribe would want to have his/her own occupy. But unfortunately in my own view, he does not deserve the support because, he has been given the responsibility before and he failed.
“David Mark was a monumental failure to the entire Benue South people. Like they say, charity begins at home. He practically made the Senate his permanent abode. He has been there twice as an ordinary senator and twice as a sitting senate president.
“When he was a sitting senator under Goodluck Jonathan, one would be correct to say he was a defacto- President in the Country. He had everything at his disposal to effect the change you expect to see in this nation particularly with respect with Benue South people.
“He talked about addressing the poverty issues in the country within 2 years. He was there as a sitting senator and a defacto-president of Nigeria, and his people were living in abject poverty and deprivation and the length of his stay is not commensurate with the level of development on ground in Benue South because there no molecule of development in Benue South.
According to him, Benue South has been completely disconnected from the federal government and did not enjoy the dividends of democracy from Mark.
He faulted Mark for promising to address security within the shortest possible time if elected. He cited the herdsmen/farmers clash in Agatu, saying several lives were lost right under the nose of the same man who is claiming to provide security for the nation.
“This is a man who couldn’t attend to the immediate security challenges of a zone in a state. I am not sure if he has the capacity to handle the challenges in the country.
“He also mentioned the issue of restructuring and I think he just brought into the cliché of restructuring. Of course, it is a good thing, but he was also a sitting senator for 8years. He could have as well moved for it. So, I believe that is their usual way to hoodwink their way to the people and making them believe that they are building bridges for them where there are no rivers.
“For Senator David Mark, perhaps he would live up to his promise if he is given the opportunity of fulfilling the promise of restructuring the same way he fulfill the promise he made to the people of Benue South that he was going to create an Apa-state for them when he was the Senate president and indeed we all know we have an APA state in Nigeria, so we have 37 states in Nigeria,” he added.
NAIJ.com had reported that former Senate president David Mark formally joined the presidential race in 2019 by picking the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the party primaries scheduled for next month.
Accompanied by hundreds of his supporters to the PDP national secretariat Abuja on Tuesday, September 4, Mark promised to restructure Nigeria and fix the economy.
He stated that his military background is an added advantage to lead the country, adding that he will address the security challenges Nigeria is presently facing.
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