By Amos Dunia, Persecond News
Abuja – Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has said that his present travails following his invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over 2016 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State, is a price he has to pay for leadership.
Senator Mark, who was responding to media stories over being quizzed by the Ibrahim Magu led EFCC over alleged financial transactions, said he was invited via a letter addressed to the National Assembly to answer questions on the 2015 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue state.
The former President of the Senate said that as a law abiding citizen, he honoured the invitation owing to his believe in due process and rule of law, stressing that he has maintained a clean record of public service over the years and will continue to uphold the highest standard of conduct expected of public servants.
A statement signed by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh noted curiously that the EFCC alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), paid over N2bilion into the National Assembly’s account which he (Mark), as the then President of the Senate, allegedly shared among the 109 Senators (including PDP, ACN, and ANPP) in 2010.
Mumeh further said; “Again, to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Mark is not aware of such transaction.
“This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society. Senator Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account.
“He however clarified all the issues raised before returning home.Senator Mark’s house has since become a pilgrimage of sort to politicians across party lines, friends and well-wishers identifying with him at this moment.
“He however appealed to his supporters, friends and associates to remain calm and see his current travails as a price he has to pay for leadership.”
Mumeh emphasized that this is the first and only official statement from the office of Senator Mark on this issue.