The immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has restated his resolve to remain in PDP no matter the odds.
In a statement through his media assistant, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark said, inspite of the uncertainties and the gale of defections affecting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he will remain in PDP.
“No matter the difficulties and challenges, I will remain in the PDP. I was convinced about the party’s ideology to among other things, keep Nigeria United, progressive, peaceful and a nation where every citizen is free to live and pursue his or her legitimate ambition without fear of molestation or intimidation in any part before I joined in 1998″, Senator Mark stated.
Addressing the PDP faithful at an expanded caucus meeting in Makudi, Benue state on Tuesday, Senator Mark stated that , “PDP will come out stronger from this crisis. Those cross carpeting at will, have no direction. They have no respect for political ideology “.
The development, he described as a disservice to democracy, pointing out that the only way to sustain our democratic culture is to be consistent with political ideology instead of dancing to the whims and caprices of any government in power.
On the lingering leadership crisis in the PDP, Senator Mark expressed worries that the problem remain intractable “because some of the combatants are not coming with an open mind for reconciliation”.
On the forthcoming local government elections in Benue state, Senator Mark urged party members to work hard and remain steadfast hoping that the will of the people will prevail.
” I want you to go to the field and work hard for the election. We must say no to any electoral malpractices. You must not allow them to manipulate the process. We crave for a free, fair and credible election so that the wish of the people will prevail”.
On the security challenges in Benue state, Senator Mark enjoined the state government to step up and protect lives and properties now endangered.
In his remarks, the chairman of the party in Benue state, chief John Ngbede stated that the PDP is alive and asked members to discard any rumors about faction or disintegration of the party.
According to Ngbede :” the PDP is alive. We are still strong and we can win elections. We have learnt from our past mistakes and we are back, strong and better”.