Chances of victory for the former President of the Senate Senator David Mark in the forthcoming February 20, 2016 rerun election for Benue South may have brightened yesterday as some members of the Benue State House of Assembly and scores of elites gave him an emphatic endorsement.
The rerun election is between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) following the nullification of the initial election by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state in November last year.
But some members of the state House of Assembly and elites of the Idoma and Igede extraction of the state told Senator Mark in his Otukpo country home that their resolve to vote for him again is predicated on his years of meritorious services to the people and defender of their common interest.
The members of the state House of Assembly in their separate remarks were unanimous that Senator Mark remains the choice for Benue South and vowed to defend the votes no matter the gang up by external forces.
The state law makers at the meeting included; Anthony Ogbu (Ado), Adoga Onah (Oju 1), Ire Mathew (Oju 2), Joe Ojobo (Ogbadibo), Chris Adaji (Ohimini), Baba Henry Otache (Apa), Sule Audu (Agatu) and Johnson Ahubi (Otukpo Akpa).
House of Representatives members from Benue South; Samson Okwu (Obi/ Oju), Ezekiel Adaji (Otukpo/Ohimini), Hassan Saleh (Ogbadibo/Ado/Okpokwu) and Adamu Entonu (Apa/Agatu) had last week endorsed Senator Mark for the rerun election.
To the lawmakers, Senator Mark has provided purposeful leadership and quality representation for which the people are proud of. They recalled that it was for this reason that the people overwhelmingly voted for him in the last election and are prepared to vote for him again.
On their parts, the Benue elites under the aegis of Prosperity Group said they have embarked on sensitization especially in the grass roots on the need to vote for Senator Mark as the authentic choice with the capacity to protect and defend the interest of the Idoma people.
According to the spokesman of the group, Mr. Abba Adaudu “We came together as a group to rise up and challenge the expansion of domination and oppression by some external actors, who are hell bent on pulling Idoma nation down by sponsoring a candidate for the election against our interest.
“To this, Posterity Group boldly say no hence our resolve to stand by you (Mark) before, during and after the rerun election”.
In his response, Senator Mark noted that in spite of the conspiracy against him, “I am comfortable that my people are with me. I am confident that only the people of Benue South would determine who wins the election through the ballot box”.
For the umpteenth time he promised “for the trust and confidence reposed in me, I will carry the cross and defend the interest of my people at all times. Whatever is your interest will always be the focal point of my action and activities.”