By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Scores of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elders and Senators in Akwa Ibom State yesterday endorsed Senator David Mark’s Presidential bid for the 2019 polls.
A statement signed by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh said that the party elders including former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, Senators Aniete Okon, Emmanuel Ibok Essien, Effiong Bob and Helen Esuene in their separate submissions said David Mark stands tall above his competitors.
The party leaders spoke when Senator Mark’s Presidential Campaign train visited Uyo, the State capital to interface with party delegates ahead of the National Convention.
Specifically, Nkanga said “I worked with Senator Mark during our years in the military. I can attest to his strength of character, honesty, competence and capability. I can stand as a surety for him for this election.”
He however tasked Senator Mark to take a definite position on the issue of restructuring, “because the discomfort and ill feeling among Nigerians over the state of the nation shows that something is wrong with our system.”
Senator Okon corroborated his position and tasked Senator Mark to raise his voice against the unabating killings and insecurity challenges ravaging parts of North Central States saying “we must learn to live together in a give and take manner.”
Senators Essien, Bob and Esuene all enlisted their support for the candidature of Senator Mark saying that he has over the years demonstrated unwavering commitment, loyalty and patriotism to his fatherland.
Responding, Senator Mark assured that he will drive an all-inclusive administration that will bring everyone on board and give every section of Nigeria a sense of belonging if elected.
According to Mark: “I will identify areas where our States or zones have comparative advantages, encourage them to prospect on their areas of strength in order to guarantee healthy competition and ensure even development.”
He reiterated that his entrance into the presidential race is anchored on the genuine need to bring his wealth of experience and knowledge to bear in the service of our fatherland.