Daniel Onjeh, Board Chairman Project Development Institute (PRODA) and Benue South Senatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the presidential ambition of former Senate President, David Mark.
Onjeh, who attempted to unseat Mark in the 2015 election, said Mark, as a Senator has been a failure and outrightly dismissed his bid to gun for the highest post in the land. Onjeh said Mark simply lacked the capacity to rule Nigeria.
The former President of the Senate had obtained the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the presidency in 2019.
Onjeh gave his view on David Mark on Thursday in Abuja after obtaining the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to contest the Benue South Senatorial district election in 2019.
Onjeh, a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) contested against Mark in 2015.
After Mark was declared winner, Onjeh challenged the result in court.
However, in the rerun ordered by the court in February 2016,, Mark emerged the victor polling 84, 192 votes. Onjeh got 71, 621 votes.
Onjeh stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari has done exceedingly well in the key areas of our national polity.
He added that the former President of the Senate lacks the moral right to contest the presidency with Buhari in 2019.
The aspirant said he would not be swayed by sentiment, tribe, ethnicity or religion.
He added that Buhari has proven his capacity to resolve the cause of the country’s underdevelopment, and that the Benue South people would vote for him en masse come 2019.
Speaking about the former President the Senate, Onjeh said he was not sure that a man who couldn’t attend to the immediate security challenges of a zone in his state could handle that of the country.
“Ideally it would be appropriate to support one from your home town, particularly for the position of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is an office every ethnic group or tribe would want to have his or her own occupy but unfortunately in my own view, David Mark does not deserve the support,”he said.
This, the aspirant added, was especially so because, he failed when he was given the responsibility to impact the lives of his people and Nigerians generally.
“David Mark was a monumental failure to the entire Benue South people. Like they say, charity begins from home. He practically made the Senate his permanent abode.
“He has been there twice as an ordinary Senator and twice as a sitting Senate President.
“At the time, he was a sitting Senator under former President Goodluck Jonathan, one would be correct to say he was a de facto President.
“He had everything at his disposal to effect the changes we expected to see in this nation, particularly with respect to Benue South people,”Onjeh said.