By Lateef Bamgbose
Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has for umpteenth time stated that the forthcoming re-run election in Benue South is not a contest between the Idoma people and their neighbours but solely a decision of the former to decide her destiny.
“Make no mistake about this. The rerun election is purely the affairs of Benue South people. They will ultimately determine who should represent them. Any outsider showing or attempting to influence the outcome is merely an interloper, intruder and would ultimately be an exercise in futility, Mark told Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders who visited him in Abuja.
He said he has been energized and encouraged by the uncommon show of solidarity and support to go for the rerun election from his constituents, well meaning Nigerians and the PDP stressing that “democracy will be strengthened and serve the purpose if peoples’ wish are held sacrosanct .”
Mark said he was pleased that his constituents have seen good reasons why he should return to the Senate because they have taken pains to verify projects and appointments he has attracted to the constituency as a Senator of the Federal Republic.
He, therefore, told his people to remain law abiding and show good conduct pre- election, during and after the election no matter the level of provocation.
” With God on our side and the growing support, we will win the election convincingly. What I will not accept is for any outside interest or outsider to determine the outcome of the election”, he added.
In his remark, the PDP Chairman in Benue state, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo noted that the defection of the likes of former Deputy Governor, Steve Lawani, Jerry Agada , Sam Ode and Mike Onoja is not a threat to the party in Benue South because they represented a vocal minority and certainly not the majority of thepeople.
Agbo stated: “the decamped persons actually removed the burden from us. They were the problems of the party. They were the ones who perpetrated anti-party activities. They betrayed the party in the past. They have eventually demonstrated their unstable nature. They would still betray the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He added:” I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that the people are with us. Our mission is genuine and God almighty will give us victory.