…Says anti-graft Agency Is Chasing shadows
By Amos Dunia, Persecond News
Abuja – Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark on Tuesday declared that no amount of his persecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would alter the will of God for 2019.
He pointedly said that if his present persecution by the EFCC and other government agents is about politics, his political party and the 2019 elections, it must be understood and accepted that only God and Nigerians would decide.
Senator Mark, who stated this while reacting to the accusations by the EFCC that he purchased his Apo residential House illegally, described the anti-graft agency’s claim as spurious, contrived and baseless.
The former President of the Senate further said that the EFCC or any other agent of Government are chasing shadows since the property was dully offered for sale, bided for, before he purchased it like any other person would, in line with Federal Government’s monetization policy that was started during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Senator Mark said; “I had the right of first refusal. Even if I did not purchase it, someone else would have. I am a law-abiding citizen. I did not flout any law.
“Curiously, four houses occupied by the then Presiding Officers of the National Assembly were offered to the occupants. All of us, me as the then President of the Senate, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and his Deputy Bayero Nafada were all given the same offer.
“I am at a loss as to why it is now a subject of contention. If this persecution is about politics, my political party and the 2019 elections, I dare say that only God and Nigerians would decide. No amount of persecution would alter the will of God.
“I had refrained from commenting on this because it is already in the law Court. But they have taken the matter to the Court of public opinion.”
Mark through his lawyer Ken Ikonne in the suit NO FHC/ABJ/1037/2017 before the Federal High Court, Abuja had said that he followed due process and legally acquired the property from the FCDA on April 27, 2011.
Mark, who is the longest serving Senator is also asking the Court for a declaration that an order by the Attorney General of the Federation and one Obono Obla of the Presidential Task Force on Recovery of Government Properties compelling him to vacate the aforesaid property without affording him a fair hearing, amounted to a denial of his fundamental human rights, unconstitutional and void.
He also said that the Federal Executive Council decided to authorize the sale of the properties housing the principal officers of the National Assembly because the general security of the area had been altered/compromised due to the sale of the other houses in the Legislative Quarters to the public.
Mark said it was consequent upon this, that the houses were offered for sale and dully purchased.
A statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh said that Senator Mark was given the first option of refusal upon which he dully accepted on April 21, 2011 and paid the agreed purchase price to the adhoc committee on sale of Federal Government houses on April 27, 2011.