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David Mark woos PDP delegates, says he’s bridge between North, South

Former Senate President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Senator David Mark on Wednesday declared that he is the bridge between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria and was ready to work with other intellectuals to rescue Nigeria out of the present socio-economic upheavals.

Mark made this declaration while addressing PDP delegates and members in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, ahead of the PDP presidential primaries.

The former Senate President, who declared that he would transform Nigeria within just 730 days if elected the next president of the country in next year’s polls, maintained that he knows the problems of Nigeria, and that he has the “courage and capacity to tackle the problems”.

Senator Mark revealed that he is currently working with a team of young Nigerians, adding that the recommendations of the team will be implemented to turn around the fortunes of the country within just 730 days if elected.

The former Senate President, however, stated that for PDP to win the 2019 presidential election, leaders of the political party must ensure free, fair and credible primaries.

Mark, who was received by leaders of the Oyo PDP led by its chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, said: “If all Nigerians see that we conduct credible, transparent, free and fair primaries, we will be sure of victory in the presidential election”.

Mark remarked that he was in the race not because of his personal interest but for the interest of all Nigerians.

He said, “It is not about myself, but about Nigeria. Mark my words. I may be the last aspirant to obtain nomination form, What I want to tell you today. There are 13 of us jostling to get the Presidential ticket of our great party. But let me tell you either me or any of the remaining aspirants emerges as the party’s candidate at the end of the day, I am ready to work for the party.

“It is not about myself, it is about the interest of our great party and our dear country. I have remained in the PDP since it was formed, and I have never for one day thought about leaving the political party for another one. At the end of the primaries, either I win or lose, I will remain in PDP and support whoever emerged.

“I am the bridge between the North and the South; I am the bridge between the old and the youths; I am the bridge between men and women in politics. This is the time for all of you to acknowledge the bridge and give him the opportunity to serve our country.”
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