Ahead of the re-run election into the vacant Benue South Senatorial District seat, the people of the area have been urged to resist an attempt by former Senate President David Mark to return to the National Assembly.
Senator Mark had represented the area in the Senate since 1999 and was President of the Senate from 2007 to 2015.
However, in a judgment on an appeal filed by Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Appeal Court nullified Mark’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct fresh elections in the senatorial district.
The Coordinator of ‘The Idoma Shine Your Eyes’, Comrade Yakubu Onogwu, who made the call for people of the senatorial district to reject Mark in a statement to reporters at the weekend in Benin City, said the only way to attract development to the zone was for the people to vote massively for Comrade Onjeh.
Onogwu, who accused Mark of wasting the opportunity to attract federal presence during the 16 years the PDP was in power, said it was regrettable that the Idoma were pauperised despite their kinsman being Senate president.
“It’s a shame that a drive round Otukpo, which is regarded as the administrative headquarters of the Idoma and other communities, will show ruin, with no federal presence. Our people have been deceived for too long.
“Mark is doing everything to manipulate the people with his ill-gotten wealth. He wants to rig himself back to the Senate. We assure him that he will fall as the biblical Goliath fell to David. Benue South people are conscious politically more than before”, he said.
Onogwu stressed that the people must reject the PDP and vote for the APC, adding that it will amount to political suicide if they return Mark to the Senate.