Nigeria’s former Senate President David Mark, on Tuesday declared his interest in the Presidency and also picked up the presidential form to contest in the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The former military governor of Niger State who promised to turn the nation’s economy around in two years, picked the presidential form amid cheers at the Peoples Democratic Party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Mr David Mark joins a list of over a dozen aspirants to declare under the PDP platform for the number 1 seat. He has not been publicly active since he lost his bid to return as senate president. He is expected to slug it out with other major PDP aspirants like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe; ex-governors Sule Lamido, Attahiru Bafarawa and Messrs Kwankwaso, Jang and Saraki.
Recall also that former President Goodluck Jonathan, said that the more presidential aspirants the Peoples Democratic Party has, the better for the party. The former President and leader of the PDP said this on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when a presidential aspirant under the platform of the party, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, visited him as part of his political consultations.
Jonathan told journalists at his guest house in the Bay-Bridge area of Yenagoa that Bafarawa came to brief him about his political interest and political developments going on.
Speaking about the number of the PDP members that have declared interest in contesting the Presidency, Jonathan noted that it was good for the party.
“A number of people have asked me this question and I say, the more people that are interested, the better for the party. If you have only two aspirants, for a political party and you know the way play politics is in this country, the division between the two camps will be so bad, not from the candidates themselves, but supporters of the candidates will be exchanging all kinds of bitterness.
“And at the end of the day, one person must lose and those people will feel that they do not belong to the system and that they will not be accepted. There will be tendency for them to leave.”