By Lawrence Audu
Former Senate President Senator David Mark on Tuesday picked the presidential nomination form to run under the People’s Democratic Party PDP.
Supporters had thronged the Wadata House National Headquarters of the party preparatory to his arrival as early as 9:00am.
In his remarks shortly after picking the form, Senator Mark said his decision to run for presidency was informed by a clarion call from Nigerian youth whose call he described as very legitimate. More so that the position has been zoned to the without recourse to the particular geopolitical region.
“It does not matter whether you are from the North east, North west or North Central, we are all northerners and that is what qualifies me in the first place” – He said.
He assured Nigerians that he has a wealth of experience in administration and in many public offices.
“I think I have garnered enough experience to be able to steer the country in the direction that all Nigerians want.
“That is the direction of prosperity, good economic policies and reduce the level of insecurity in the country so that Nigerians can be proud citizens wherever they go.”
Senator Mark pledged to create job opportunities for the teaming youth and change the economy.
He said he has assembled a lot of youths who are very articulate, vibrant and know what they want.
On the issue of consensus candidacy, Senator Mark said the process does not stop anybody from coming into the party.
“The PDP has become a party of choice and that is the only reason people are coming in. It means that it is the party to be if you want to make an impression.
“If a man comes into the party, he is an integral part of the party. We should not bother so much whether they are just coming all must be treated as one.
We must agree whether to go for consensus candidacy or primaries but what matters is the realisation that only one person can occupy that post and that power comes largely from God and when the process is free fair credible and transparent we should all accept it” – Mark said.
On the Electoral Act 2018, Senator Mark urged the president to sign since it is a popular bill that will enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria.