Against the backdrop of gale of defections hitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), aftermath of its trouncing at the Presidential and National Assembly elections penultimate Saturday by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate President, David Mark, yesterday said he would be the last man standing for PDP.
Mark, who put paid to speculations making the rounds that he was contemplating joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the purposes of retaining his Senate presidency, affirmed his unshakable loyalty to the PDP.
Speaking at a special church service to mark his 67th birthday at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy Apo in Abuja, the Senate President said, “The outcome of the presidential election in favour of APC is the will of God and majority of Nigerians. We in the PDP have accepted the result in good faith.
“I have no reason to jump ship. I will not leave the PDP. I will be the last man standing for the PDP. The party gave me the platform to be where I am today.
“I will stay in the PDP to contribute my quota to the rebuilding and restructuring of the party. This is democracy. Winners emerge and the losers go back to the drawing board and rejuvenate.
“Those drifting to the APC now are fair weather friends of the PDP. They are seeking new green areas. When the PDP bounces back, they will seek another return to the PDP.
“I believe in PDP manifesto. I will work hard to bring the party back on track. What is important is that we have established democracy in Nigeria.”
In his remark, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ndoma-Egba, eulogised the President of the Senate for the wisdom he has used to pilot the affairs of the National Assembly, adding that his continued contributions to socio- economic and political development of the country cannot be ignored.
Also, Senator Tunde Ogbeha prayed God to grant Senator Mark good health, long life and courage in the years ahead.
Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, praised the Senate president for his resourceful leadership and harmonious working relationship between the management and the political leadership.
In his homily, the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, noted that only God determines the destiny of all humans, adding that “whatever the future holds for each and every one of us is determined by God. We should continue to have faith in God.”