Posts Tagged ‘David Mark’


By James Ibechi
Sorry to say this, and no grudge against any man meant here. No wisecrack either. But to say the truth, in David Mark-controlled Benue South Senatorial District, Igede truly died in all ramifications of the word. Our elders who aided the killing of Igedeland using the PDP, we’re just told, will this weekend change the party. They’re defecting from the PDP to APC in the wake of the broom revolution in the state and in the country in general. Good development. Isn’t it? It is.

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Most of the decampee-elders were the reasons the infamous ‘Otukpo Mafia’ became strong and stradled Idomaland like emperors because these elders caressed and nearly idolised and worshipped Mark, especially during the era of the politics of the stomach, first epitomised by the late strongman of Ibadan politics, Adedibu. 

No time had Igedeland faced relegation to the backwaters of the state and national politics than when these decampee-elders, under the tutelage of Mark, acted like demi-gods in Igedeland.

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By Odeh Ageh

The preparation for the senatorial re-run election for Zone C of Benue State that has Sen. David Mark and Mr. Daniel Onjeh as contenders is reaching a feverish pitch.

many commentators have gone to town with the tale of how highly experienced Mark is in legislative matters. In fact, some fell short of calling him Mr. National Assembly or Mr. Know-all of law making.

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Other commentators, when making a passing remark about Onjeh, call him a greenhorn, a journey-just-come man and somebody who is aiming for something that is way beyond his reach.

While the import of this piece is not to gain-say the near appropriation of the National Assembly as it concerns Zone C by Mark, I will suggest to the promoters of his candidacy not to gloat over the many near-wins of the distinguished senator.

Before we delve into the undistinguished performances of Sen. Mark, it will be nice we take a peep into his background and how that has come to play in his quest for the office and his activities in the National Assembly.

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By Morgan Adikwu

“When things go wrong in the society, truth is always the first casualty but the discovery of the truth must be a ladder towards a genuine reconcilation”…… Oputa

Furtherance to the nullification of the Benue South senatorial election and a re-run slated for 13th February 2016, there has been an impressive campaign disputes across the two major divides in the forthcoming election.

However, my greatest worry, is the inability of the acclaimed social media activists to redirect the parochial subjective campaign to objective issue based. My idea of a Representative in democratic settings, is a person or group of person chosen by the electorates to act on their behalf and more importantly protect their

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(electorates) interests.

What is the major interest of zone C’ for now? ROADS! The quality and nature of roads are indices of categorizing a settlement into Township, a Suburbs or Urban areas. It has the capacity to attracts or mars other essentials of good living, because of it’s multiplier effects.

According to the RAMP reports in Benue State : The Rural Access Mobility Projects consists of 18 Rural Roads Projects which were supposed to be executed by the Agriculture Ministry in Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State. They were the constituency projects for the former Senate President, the distinguished Senator David Mark for the year 2012. The rural roads were meant to give access to farmers to move their Agricultural produce to main markets.

The road projects in Benue South are:
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• As Former Niger Delta Minister Decamp to APC

The crisis in the Benue state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), may be deepening as more decampees  are dumping the party for the governing All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in the state.

This is even as the former governor’s close ally and former Minister of State for Niger Delta Ministry,  Sam Ode has finalised plans to join the APC in the state with

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a major decamp in ceremony planned to hold before the senatorial rerun elections billed to hold in Otukpo, the headquarters  of the zone.

According to sources close to the former leading governorship aspirant, had in a meeting held in his Makurdi residence resolved to dumped the PDP and move to the APC to ensure his people did not loose out in the scheme of political events.

The source revealed that at the meeting which held yesterday with prominent (more…)


By James Ibechi
In the heyday of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), corrupt practices and all manners of sleaze were allowed to eat so deep into the moral fabrics of the Nigerian society to the extent that some corrupt public officers who were swimming in the waters of corruption, unfortunately regarded the social malaise as a norm. For them, corruption is normal.
It is either so, or it is because of moral bankruptcy on the part of those public officers that the maxim, ‘he who comes into equity must come with clean hands’, seems to have lost a meaning on them.
Or how does one explain a situation where a former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, despite having his public image so battered on

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account of the gunrunning saga and the Immigration recruitment fraud, still wields the effrontery to criticize an unblemished Deputy Governor Benson Abounu?
Mention Moro in any circle, many Nigerians will aptly remind you that the former minister superintended over the profound Immigration recruitment fraud in which a fictitious company allegedly owned by him, in collaboration with the wife of former Senate President, collected application fees to the tune of over N3.5billion from hapless applicants.
In that recruitment tragedy, over 20 lives of applicants were lost, of which a criminal allegation is still hanging on the ex-minister’s neck.
One then wonders where lays Moro’s moral right to slam Abounu who many believe, unlike Moro, to be unblemished.
The former interior minister had in a press statement, according to Sunday Trust, credited Abounu’s political success and all the previous high-grade public positions that the deputy governor occupied at various times in the past, to David Mark’s influence, and while taking a swipe on Abounu, Moro alluded that the Benue number two man had frittered the opportunities Mark provided for him by not bringing any return to Idomaland to show for what Mark did for him. (more…)