A former senate president, David Mark would pick up the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) presidential nomination form on Tuesday.
This decision has made the battle for who would represent the PDP in the 2019 presidential election tougher than it already was.
The race already has current senate president, Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abubakar Atiku, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, and many other strong contenders.
However, news of Mark picking up the presidential nomination form has sparked public debate on social media. While some have said that David Mark, is one candidate to oust president Buhari out of office, others doubt he would he even become the PDP candidate, let alone contest the 2019 election against Buhari.
See reactions below
When you see Former Vice president for 8 years (Atiku Abubakar), former Senate President for 16 years (Senator David Mark) and the present Senate President (Bukola Saraki) all aspiring for the position of the President under a single Party.
Be sincere, What comes to your mind?
— kennyblac (@Blac_meek) September 3, 2018
So David Mark is going for the ticket too, this race will be a very tight one.
It can do two things to the winner. Weaken his Arsenal after a strong battle, or prep him up for the War ahead.
But you know what they say, "what dosen't kill you…"
— #EndSars #EndPoliceBrutality (@chukschinyere47) September 3, 2018
It's obvious David Mark,Suawan and Ortom were all in accord with those in @OfficialPDPNig pushing the Herdsmen narrative with their "boys" in the media because of 2019.
Politicians are terrible people & will do anything to grab power. Even sacrifice those they swore to protect
— Eguando (@teguando1) September 3, 2018
All of them are you using style to fund the party with stolen funds by way of buying nomination form.
Do you think David Mark in his sleep truly thinks he can defeat PMB, even in Benue on a good day.
They are all laundering stolen funds through the party.
— Drama show *Power of unsaid words* (@Emperorzack) September 3, 2018
I think among the PDP aspirant David Mark remain the most qualified candidate to me carry on my vote is u
— pato (@Davoski123) September 3, 2018
David Mark joining the presidential race is basically his way of saying "Since you people are mad, let us all be mad"
— Morris Monye (@Morris_Monye) September 4, 2018
David Mark was the president of the most organized,peaceful and uncontroversial Senate for years.
I would pick him over a Saraki any day.
— #POLICE REFORM ⚡ (@_Hanselem) September 3, 2018
Saraki, Atiku, Kwawanso, David Mark or any other candidate contesting is actually very qualified to be Nigeria's next President.
People saying they all have nothing to offer should be please tell us what Lifeless have offered within the last 3 and half years.
Una Mumu Never do?
— Uncle Ray (@Raynergy) September 3, 2018
David Mark has also joined the presidential aspirants on the PDP platform. These people think they are popular. They are being deceived by the retinue of guests they entertain in their Maitama/ Asokoro mansions. @MBuhari will make short work of them.
— Adebodun FaKayode (@drdebodun) September 4, 2018
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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