By BEN AGANDE,Abuja
Support for the re-election of Senator David Mark swelled further at the weekend as a total of 77 senators across the geo-political zones, political parties and senators from the North-Central yesterday threw their weight behind his re-election.
Addressing senate correspondents at the NationalAssembly yesterday , Senator Zainab Kure who highlighted the achievements of the Senate President David Mark in the last four years said Mark remains the only candidate who has the ability and experience to steer the leadership of the National Assembly for the next four years.
According to Senator Kure from Niger state, the mature way senator Mark handled proceedings and his outstanding leadership qualities made the amendment of the electoral reform possible.
She also said the ‘doctrine of necessity’, which saved the country from a political logjam occasioned by the ill health of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was achieved through the very vast experience of the Senate president David Mark.
“We believe that it’s our responsibility to support him because, we feel he is the best man for that position, he has done an excellent job as the senate president.
“He played a very statesman role in steering the ship of the senate and we feel it is unequal to none, he is a listening person who carries every one along, he is also patient and has shamed our critics as far his military background is concern.
“He allows for fairness and equality, he also accommodates all views in the chambers irrespective of party lines, many did not believe that it would happen, but because of his ability and experience we were able to record success which also led to the free and fair elections we have had.
“ Our standing rules in the senate favour Senator David Mark and let me also inform you that this representation cults across party lines and we are sure that at the end of the day we are all going to have the kind of Senate president that we would all be proud of.”
She further stressed , “there are a lot of reforms that are ongoing and democracy would suffer should we drop Mark because the speaker of the House of Representatives is not coming back.”
Also speaking former governor of Nassrawa state and Senator_ elect Dr.Abdullahi Adamu, “I am not here by accident, I am here because I believe that he has the ability and experience, I knew him as a captain in the Nigeria army I have also followed his activities since he became a senator in 1999 and I was elected governor of Nassrawa state.
“I have worked closely with him and I know he is competent I also believe that off_loading parliamentarians can not help the system, but it does not mean that anybody is indispensable.”
Earlier, Senator Smart Adeyemi said, “We are here this afternoon to address the press on our position. I remember in 2007 we addressed a similar press conference even though we did not any idea of the ability of distinguished senator David Mark ability.
“Now we are talking to you because we can not afford not to support David Mark because we feel he is the best with very outstanding qualities.
“We, as senators from the north central zone feel that he is the best choice for now. We also believe that some of the speculations that some people may contest the position of the senate may be put to rest there might be no contest at all.
Senator Adeyemi also told journalists that 77 senators had endorsed the candidature of David Mark for Senate president.
Also speaking Mr. Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau and Senator_elect said, “This project is such that would move this country forward. I am part of this process and the project would work.”
Meanwhile the meeting of the senators_elect scheduled to hold today (Saturday) has being postponed .
Conveners of the forum Honourable Ita Enag and Phillip Aduda said the postponement was because of the retreat/induction programme organized for all elected legislators in the various geo_political zones across the nation by the National Assembly.