Former Senate President and winner of the February 20 Benue South Senatorial District re-run election, David Mark, on Sunday, described his victory at the re run, as an opportunity to serve the people of the senatorial district.
Mark won the election by polling 84,192 to defeat Daniel Onjeh, his opponent from All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 71,621.
Mark, who made the call during his first press conference after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner appealed to his main challenger, Onjeh to join him in moving Idomaland forward.
I want to thank all sons and daughters of Idomaland because this victory is for us, not for David Mark. I also want to urge those whose political interest might have clashed with mine to join hands with me in moving Idomaland forward,” he said.
He said that all efforts must be geared towards the betterment of the people.
“I want to thank the people of zone c for their support and promised that I will not disappoint them.
“The election is over and I am ready to serve Idomaland again,” he added.
Meanwhile, the substantive national chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, congratulated Senator Mark, on his victory, saying that his leadership quality was required in the senate.
The statement described Senator Mark as a valuable statesman and national leader intensely needed in the Senate, while thanking Nigerians for their renewed support for PDP and its candidates as demonstrated in recent elections across the country.
It added: “It is instructive to note that PDP had won 70 per cent of all the polls conducted since May 29, a development that underlines the fact of its deep roots and popularity as a brand, irrespective of the transitory setback of the 2015 general election.
“We, therefore, call on all members of our great party to respond to the gesture by Nigerians by uniting behind the ideals of PDP and visions of its founding fathers and reposition the party for the challenges ahead.”