By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

SENATE President, David Mark, yesterday declared that he would remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite the party’s loss to the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.Senate-President-David-Mark

Mark’s declaration at a special church service to mark his 67th birthday at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy Apo in Abuja on Wednesday ended speculations making the rounds that he was contemplating joining the APC to enable him retain his position as the nation’s number three man.

Mark stated: “I have no reason to jump ship. I will not leave the PDP. I will be the last man standing for the PDP. The party gave me the platform to be where I am today.

“I will stay in the PDP to contribute my quota to the rebuilding and restructuring of the party. This is democracy. Winners emerge and the losers go back to the drawing board and rejuvenate.”

The Senate President, who condemned the defection of many PDP members to the APC because of the party’s loss said: “The outcome of the presidential election in favour of APC is the will of God and majority of Nigerians. We, in the PDP have accepted the result in good faith.

“Those drifting to the APC now are fair weather friends of the PDP. They are seeking new green areas. When the PDP bounces back, they will seek another return to the party.”

He vowed to remain in the party to contribute to its rebuilding.

“I believe in PDP manifestos. I will work hard to bring the party back on track. What is important is that we have established democracy in Nigeria.”

In his remark at the occasion, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ndoma-Egba, eulogised Mark for the wisdom with which he presided over the affairs of the National Assembly in the last eight years.

Also, Senator Tunde Ogbeha prayed God to grant Mark good health, long life and courage in the years ahead.

Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, who was present at the occasion, also praised the Senate president for his resourceful leadership and harmonious working relationship between the management and the political leadership.

In his homily, the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, noted that only God could determine the destiny of all humans, pointing out that, “whatever the future holds for each and everyone of us is determined by God. We should continue to have faith in God.”

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