The immediate past Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, has urged politicians in Benue State to focus on issues that will affect people positively instead of dissipating their energy on campaign of calumny.
Moro specifically warned those attacking former Senate President David Mark ahead of the rerun election in Benue South senatorial district to desist, saying “because he cannot be distracted by the antics of a few disgruntled elements, whose stock in trade is to spread falsehood”.
The ex-minister, who is the director-general of the Senator David Mark Campaign Organisation, said: “We are concerned with the rerun in Benue South, as ordered by the tribunal.
“A few uninformed persons have engaged in spreading falsehood that 16 years of Mark in the Senate did not benefit the Idoma. History will judge.
“Mark is not just another senator, he is a man who stood to be counted when it mattered. He presided over the Senate that stabilised democracy through the invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity and saved politics from disaster.
“I’m confident that the Idoma man and woman, who appreciate the worth of Mark, will neither betray nor let him down. He is the choice. A Daniel Onjeh cannot be an option for the Idoma nation”.
He continued: “Noting can be farther from the truth. Mark remains the only individual who has been consistent with scholarship awards to Benue State students since 2005. At the moment, 20,000 students have been given scholarship.
“In 2008, he built and donated a multi-million naira complex to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Otukpo study centre.
“For his effective representation in the Senate, he attracted the multi-billion naira Otobi Water Dam project that will solve water problem in the zone.
“In addition, the dam will improve electricity supply and thousands of people will be employed.
“The multi-billion naira Oweto/Loko Bridge in Benue South is nearing completion. When completed, movement of goods will be enhanced and it will boost the economy.
“In fact, a journey from Otukpo to Abuja would have been reduced from seven hours to just two and a half hours.
“Nobody can undermine the importance of education which Senator Mark made his pet project. It was under his effective representation that the Federal Government approved the Federal University of Health Sciences in Otukpo.
“He has influenced the appointment of Benue sons and daughters into federal boards and parastatals.
“The attack on Senator Mark is uncharitable. I don’t understand why somebody with conscience will say he has not done anything for his people.
“Yet, our brothers from the other side of the divide still complain that federal appointments and projects go to Benue South.
“I think there is a limit to treachery. No amount of falsehood will change facts.
“If the campaign of calumny is about the rerun in Benue South, I can say boldly that the promoters have failed because the Idoma nation will not yield to blackmail. They know that Senator Mark is our choice”.