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FAREWELL SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, DAVID MARK, ON THE VALEDICTORY SESSION TO MARK THE END OF THE 6TH SENATE AT SENATE CHAMBER ON THURSDAY, 2ND JUNE, 2011.
It is my pleasure and privilege to address you my bosses and colleagues,
distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on this auspicious
occasion of the winding up of the 6th Senate. There is time for everything under
I thank the Almighty God Who has made it possible for us to witness this great
day. It is most unfortunate that conspicuously absent from this gathering, are
two of our colleagues, who were snatched away by the cold hands of death. Two
very illustrious Senators from Gombe State are not here to share in the joy of
this day with us, Late Senators Tawar Umbi Wada and Peto Dukku. May their gentle
souls rest in peace. Amen.
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The defeated governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State, Steve Ugbah, formally filed his petition Tuesday at the state election petition tribunal challenging the re-election of the incumbent Gabriel Suswam.
Accompanied by his running mate, Usman Abubakar, a team of lawyers and a throng of supporters, the ACN governorship candidate was received by the tribunal secretary, Mohammed Bello. At the head of the team of lawyers was a former attorney general of the state, Joe Abaagu.
Last October I picked up membership of the Action Congress of Nigeria, and with that move, started an important journey, along with fellow compatriots, to help renew our dreams and our country. It was a journey and a challenge to correct what we diagnosed to be wrong and ill about governance in our country.
Written by Damilola Adekunle
A chieftain of the ACN in Benue Charles Ayede was this evening gunned down by suspected assassins. Ayeded and the Benue ACN governorship candidate in the just concluded elections, Professor Steve Ugbah were on their way to Makurdi. The shooting also injured one of Professor Ugbah’s strong supporter, Mr Adaa Maagbe.
Assailants opened fire on the team near Kadarko in Nasawara state, 25 minutes away from Makurdi the Benue state capital.
Eyewitness reports said Ayede and Mr Maagbe were riding ahead of Prof. Ugbah when the assassins accosted and killed Ayede. Mr Ayede died on the spot, while Maagbe got shot in the hand. Mr Maagbe ran into the bush when their car came to a stop and immediately told Prof Ugbah to make a detour back to Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State. From the nature of the attack, it was clear the assailants were out to kill Prof. Ugbah.
The governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the just concluded governorship elections in Benue state, Stephen Ugbah, has declared he will challenge the results of the elections in the tribunals.
Gabriel Suswam, the incumbent and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was on Wednesday announced winner of the Benue governorship race, ahead of Mr. Ugbah, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A total of 2,439 students have been awarded scholarship by the President of the Senate, David Mark for the 2010/2011 academic session.
Majority of the students are from his constituency, Benue South Senatorial District as well as Benue North-east and Benue North-West.
The beneficiaries included; 2,180 regular students in tertiary Institutions, 15 gifted girl-child, Seven special cases at both the under-graduate and post graduate levels, 244 indigent children in the primary and secondary school levels.
Distributing the over N100 Million to the students at Otukpo under his pet project; David Mark Scholarship Scheme (DMSS) for the 2010/2011 academic session, Mark noted that education is the bedrock and indeed the foundation of any development which governments and responsible organisations cannot ignore.
The April 2nd legislative arm election is still two weeks away. Only few of the contestants are certain of victory. Fewer of the re-contesting senators are certain of returning to the senateand no one is sure of the composition the final list of senators that will constitute seventh senate, yet, intense lobby for who becomes the senate president is splitting the senate.
Over the past four weeks, there have been deep underhand consultations within and outside the national assembly by aspiring senate presidents from th
e ranks of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their sponsors – godfathers. The lobbyists and aspirants have been contacting prospective senators and party leader
ship, including the busy President Goodluck Jonathan seeking for support.
There are four major contenders for the seat; three from the current sitting senators, all bandying different criteria favouring them for the job and all hoping for support from President Jonathan. The contestants are not deterred by the first huddle of winning the April 2nd election neither are they held back by the possibility of the seventh senate not being dominated by PDP lawmakers.
On Thursday lastweek, some armed thugs attacked the campaign train of the President of the Senate, David Mark on his way to Igumale, the headquarters of Ado local government Benue State.
According to the Director of Publicity of David Mark Campaign Organisation, thugs ambushed the train at the outskirts of Igumale forced the convoy of the senate president Mark to detour to another local government.
The following day, a man identified to be the driver Lawrence Onoja, the Action congress of Nigeria’s (ACN) senatorial candidate, was beaten to death in Ibadan Street, Otukpo, by men suspected to be supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over accusations of tearing off the party’s posters.
Earlier in the month, Mr. Onoja was attacked and escaped with bullet wounds in his arm. Accusation fingers were quickly pointed at the senate president but he denied any involvement in a statement by his special adviser on media, Kola ologbodiyan.