Former president of the Nigerian Senate and presidential aspirant under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator David Mark, has issued a strong warning to the party against imposing candidates during party congresses.
Mark who cautioned against the imposition of candidates by the party leadership during the PDP primaries between now and October clamoured for hitch-free congresses as party faithful elect delegates for the 2019 polls.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that Senator Mark advised party faithful in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, September 7, to conduct themselves peacefully according to the rules of the game, stressing that the will of the people must be allowed to prevail.
The Benue lawmaker urged the party stakeholders to demonstrate true democratic process during and after the party congresses.
On his presidential ambition, Mark said he is the best candidate who can bring the change Nigerian s are clamouring for.
He added: “As we converge to elect delegates to the congresses beginning from Saturday, we must be guided by democratic tenets and observe the principle of fairness and justice.
“We must demonstrate to fellow country men and women that we are truly democratic. I am sure that our members nationwide will showcase our reformed and rebranded Party as the preferred choice for the people.”
The presidential aspirant reiterated why he joined the presidential race saying; “I believe I can make a positive difference in Nigeria.”
According to him: “nobody can shy away from the fact that Nigeria is currently faced with intractable security, economic and socio-political challenges that unarguably threatens the corporality of the country.
“Rarely has our country been faced with such a state of uncertainty, despair, suspicion and division. Time has come for all men and women who care and have the requisite experiences and courage to stand up, retrieve it from the brink and lead our nation into prosperity.”
The lawmaker expressed optimism that his road map to economic recovery and prosperity tagged 730 model will turn around the economy of the nation within two years of his administration if elected President.
He said he has assembled a team of young Nigerian Professionals to hit the ground running and facilitate the economic recovery.
Education, he said, would be given top priority as the bedrock for development, adding “we will focus on Education and create a pool of highly trained citizens with excellent IT skills who will be employable as well as create jobs.”
“We will support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) as a matter of priority with interest free cooperative loans and appropriate technology, which will be the main driver of the economy with attendant rate of huge employment opportunities.”
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed confidence to emerge PDP presidential candidate in 2019 election.