The Oasis Reporters
December 20, 2017
Senator David Mark has told the EFCC or any other federal government agency probing how he purchased his N748 million official Apo Residential House that they are chasing shadows.
He stated that he did not flout any law insisting that the allegation was spurious, contrived and baseless.
In a statement through Paul Mumeh, his Media Assistant, Mark noted that if his investigation was about 2019 politics, then, no amount of persecution would alter the will of God.
“The property was duly offered for sale, bid for, and purchased like any other person would in line with Federal Government’s Monetisation Policy that was started during the time of President Olusegun Obasanjo,” the statement read.
“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 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.”
Senator David Mark is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, ever since speculations became rife when his associates tossed Mark’s hat into the ring of PDP presidential ticket speculators which has been zoned to the north of the country and the north central has not offered any candidate for the presidency since 1979, leaving the field to be played by the far north only.
Some Nigerians believe that David Mark, a former Senate president might run, and alter the traditional power dynamics in the north, and this may be causing some jitters amidst some power brokers that believe in the status quo remaining so forever.