Former president of the Senate, David Mark, took a step towards fulfilling his ambition to contest the presidential election in 2019 yesterday after he picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential nomination form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday.
Senator Mark, who represents Benue South Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, promised to confont the security, economic and socio political challenges threatening the corporal existence of the country.
Senator Mark also declared his intention to carry out a restructuring of the country if given the opportunity, saying it is what the country needs to make progress.
“Irrespective of our political persuasions, it is incontrovertible that restructuring of the nation is an idea whose time has come. I believe it will further strengthen our bond of brotherhood and unity more than ever before, because everyone would have a sense of belonging and live in harmony in any part of Nigeria without any fear of molestation and intimidation.
“Our blueprint, tagged ‘730’, will address critical areas of our national life. Specifically, we will deal with poverty, unemployment and neglect which have forced some of our young people to undertake the very risky route of going through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea in their quest for greener pastures in Europe,” he said.
According to the senator, the 730 economic model is a strategy that would turn the economy around within two years, with youth driving the process.
“We will concentrate on developing our infrastructure, delivering on affordable housing, roads, rails and power. 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, by providing interest-free cooperative loans to help them produce optimally with appropriate technology, which will be the main driver of the economy with the attendant huge employment opportunities,” the former Senate president said.
LEADERSHIP recalls that during the gale of defections by PDP faithful to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after their party’s defeat in 2015, Senator Mark insisted on staying put.
Senator Mark had said, “I will not leave the PDP. I will be the last man standing for the PDP. The party gave me the platform to be who 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 losers go back to the drawing board to rejuvenate.
“Those drifting to 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 PDP.”
Handing the nomination form to Mark, the PDP national organising secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) praised him for his loyalty to the party over the years.
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