Senate President, David Mark, has dismissed as a ruse, the purported agreement entered into by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to trade-off some National Assembly seats to the opposition political parties ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
He made the clarification on Saturday while addressing stakeholders at Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, alongside his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Mark, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh, on Sunday, stated this against the backdrop of rumours that Senate and House of Representative seats in Anambra State had been traded off to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in an alleged accord to get the party’s support for 2015.
Mark said, “There is no such deal with any opposition party anywhere. Nobody should deceive you into believing that PDP has an agreement with any opposition party. PDP has a manifesto and only an elected PDP candidates can implement it.
“It is false and unfounded. Rumours making the rounds in the state that National Assembly seats, including Anambra North Senatorial seat currently being occupied by the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Margery Chuba-Okadigbo, has been negotiated out to APGA for 2015.
“Nobody has negotiated out any position to any opposition party. I am not aware of it and I am not a party to it. PDP is steady and stable. We have no need for that”.
While paying glowing tributes to one of his predecessors, the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo (the Oyi of Oyi), who he described as very intelligent, flamboyant and a vibrant senator, Mark urged the people to rally round the late senate president’s wife, Margery Okadigbo, who is now a senator, to enable her succeed.
The Igwe of Ogbunike HRM, John Ositadimma Umenyiora, bestowed on the Senator Mark the chieftaincy title of Eze-Udo (meaning, King of peace) for his meritorious services to his father land.
The Igwe enjoined the senate president to continue to work for the peace, stability and unity of Nigeria.