A close source to former Senate President, David Bonaventure Mark has revealed that the Senator representing Benue South is under immense pressure to declare his intention to run for the exalted seat of President in the 2019 election.
According to our source who spoke on condition of anonymity, Mark has the backing of three very influential former leaders of the country and support across the six geo-political zones on account of how he led the Senate cum National Assembly.
Though, the former Military Administrator has not made up his mind to run for the number one citizen job but he is said to be consulting wide in the three northern geo-political zones (North East, North West and North Central). His response and decision will be after his full consultations which could be in the first quarter of 2018.
“David Mark may declare his intention to run for thd presidency If he bows to pressure from his supporters across the country”, begins our source. “He alone can stop himself because he has the full support of three former leaders of our beloved country. Aside this, he also enjoys thd backing of top politicians across the country. He made numerous friends given the manner he handled the National Assembly while he was Senate President.
“He is yet to bow to pressure because he is still reaching our to political stakeholders across the country but particularly in the North. This is because his party, the PDP has zoned it’s presidential ticket to the North. Mark qualifies well to run because he is from the North Central zone, more so, he has the prerequisite experience for the job.
“Perhaps the only factor that can stop him from declaring his intention is if he simply doesn’t want to contest. But from what we are seeing and hearing, he is under pressure. His decision on this will be known between now and March 2018.”
One of the memorable political decisions of Mark was in facilitating a smooth transition of power to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan after the death of his principal Late President Umaru Yar’Adua. Mark was hailed for running a hitch-free NASS by ensuring that there was a strong rapport between the Executive and Legislative arms of government.