David Mark has been re-elected president of the Seventh Senate session. He was re-elected with his deputy in the sixth Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Both were adopted on Monday during the inauguration of the seventh assembly. Their re-election was hardly unexpected, as both men got the endorsement of almost every senator before today.
Mr Mark’s return as the Senate president followed a motion moved by Ndoma Egba and seconded by Smart Adeyemi. Mr Mark was a unanimous candidate for the 108 sitting senators and did not pass through voting. He was sworn-in immediately by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.
Mr Mark, a retired army general, has set a record for being the only Senate president to earn a second term in office. He holds the record for leading the most stable Senate since 1999. He lasted a full four-year term as Senate president and has been in the Senate since the fourth session was inaugurated in 1999.
Born in Otukpo, Benue State, on April 8, 1948, Mr Mark is married with children. He said he is deeply humbled by the solidarity shown him by his peers in the Senate.
“This sends a strong signal about the new Nigerian spirit, the birth of a new National Assembly, and the increasing maturity of our democracy. I promise to continue with, and even deepen the collegiate leadership style, which was the hallmark of the last session,” Mr Mark said while thanking his colleagues at the Senate.
The sixth Senate session, which ended the previous day, is adjudged to be the most stable the country has had since 1999. It had little skirmishes and there was not even an impeachment threat on the office of the Senate president, compared with last session.
With the two topmost principal officers elected, the Senate is now set to announce its full leadership line up by Tuesday.