I won’t defect to APC – Mark

(PUNCH) Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday, said he was not contemplating joining the All Progressive Congress.

He also re-affirmed his unshakable loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mark stated this at a special church service to mark his 67th birthday at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy Apo in Abuja.

He said, “I have no reason to jump ship. I will not leave the PDP. I will be the last man standing for the PDP. The party gave me the platform to be where I am today.

“I will stay in the PDP to contribute my quota to the rebuilding and restructuring of the party.”

He noted that it was normal that in a democracy, winners must emerge while the losers go back to the drawing board and rejuvenate.

Mark said, “The outcome of the presidential election in favour of APC is the will of God and majority of Nigerians.

“We, in the PDP have accepted the result in good faith.

“Those drifting to the APC now are fair weather friends of the PDP. They are seeking new green areas. When the PDP bounces back, they will seek another return to the PDP.

“I believe in PDP manifestos . I will work hard to bring the party back on track. What is important is that we have established democracy in Nigeria.”

The Leader of the Senate, Senator Ndoma-Egba, eulogised Mark for the wisdom he has used to pilot the affairs of the National Assembly.

He noted that Mark’s continued contributions to socio-economic and political development of the country cannot be undermined.

Also, in attendance at the occasion were, Senator Tunde Ogbeha; Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, and other members of both chambers of the federal parliament.

In his homily, the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji noted that only God determines the destiny of all human beings.

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