Why Nigerians should not support David Mark for presidency – Dan Onjeh
One of the aspirants seeking to represent Benue South District in the National Assembly, Daniel Onjeh, has stated that former Senate President David Mark does not deserve the support of Nigerians on his presidential ambition.
He said this on Thursday shortly after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, Abuja.
According to him, Mark’s performance in the senate for almost two decades could best be described as monumental failure to the people of the Benue South.
Onjeh, who was Mark’s top challenger in the 2015 general elections, described as empty boasts the ex-Senate President’s promise to address the security challenges rocking the nation, if elected President within two years.
He said Mark’s failure to deploy his military experience and the powers of his office in the last administration to tackle the Agatu killings in his constituency was clear example of his inability to secure the nation as President
He also described Mark’s declaration to restructure the nation as a gimmick to manipulate the political psychology of the people.
He said the people of Benue South, who Mark had represented since 1999, still reeled in poverty, deprivation and underdevelopment without the benefit of any form of federal government presence in the senatorial district.
Against that background, Onjeh said he joined the Senatorial race to rescue the people from the clutches of bad representation especially at the Senate.
He said: “We are stepping up to emancipate the people of Benue South. The situation which warranted my entry into the contest for the Benue South senatorial district in 2015 is still bedeviling the zone. Benue South is the most forgotten corner of Nigeria in spite of having produced the Senate President for 8 years.
“As for Senator Mark’s aspirations to rule Nigeria, it would be ideal to support one from my hometown for the office of the Presidency. Unfortunately, Senator David Mark does not deserve support because his almost 20 years in the Senate has been nothing short of failure to the entire people of the zone.
“PDP was in power when the people of Agatu were attacked at will. Many people were attacked and killed right under his nose. We did not hear from David Mark any remark or major statement in condemnation of the killing of his own people by marauding herdsmen, or even an attempt to proffer solutions.
“The dividends of democracy which ought to have come to the people through him are lacking despite having everything at his disposal to effect, in the senatorial zone, the changes that he has now promised to bring to the nation.
“I believe his talk on restructuring is mere gimmick to hoodwink Nigerians into believing that bridges would be built for them even where there is no water body.
“I doubt if Senator Mark is serious about his aspirations for presidency with the sordid performance records he has trailing him. At best, I perceive his presidential aspirations as soft-landing he has prepared for himself.