A former federal permanent secretary in the ministry of defence, Mike Onoja, yesterday declared his intention to unseat Senate President David Mark in the 2015 general election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Onoja, who once contested the governorship seat of Benue State against Gabriel Suswam in 2007, has now turned his attention to the Senate.
He would, however, face stiff opposition as Gov. Suswam and the PDP have endorsed Mark for another term as senator representing the people of Benue South Senatorial district (zone C).
Addressing a crowd of supporters that gathered in his honor in Otukpo, the traditional headquarters of Idoma people, Onoja said it was unacceptable and undemocratic that one man – in apparent reference to David Mark – will be representing the senatorial district since 1999 as he must have lost ideas as well as touch with the grassroots.
The retired civil servant noted that Mark had all the while been using the creation of Apa State to hoodwink the Idoma people in other to find his way to the red chambers.
He said, “Deceiving our people is unacceptable and with your support we can stop that through the ballots.
“The zone C senate seat is not a birthright neither it is a traditional stool that one man will lay claims to.
“In the same vain we most change the baton else it is breeding dictatorship, feudalism which end product is backwardness”.
Onoja also inaugurated a committee to mobilise grassroots support for his campaign.