Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today led other prominent Nigerians including Senator Suleiman Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South in the Senate, and Senator-elect for Benue South, Comrade Abba Moro, to eulogise former Senate President, Dr. David Mark, for his numerous contributions to human and capital development.
They spoke at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Otukpo, during a thanksgiving service organised by Senator Mark after his meritorious service as representative of Benue South senatorial district for twenty consecutive years.
Governor Ortom described Senator Mark as a humble, committed and God fearing leader who had impacted lives positively, stressing that his good works go beyond Benue South and the entire State.
The Governor stated that he is also a beneficiary of Mark’s benevolence as the former Senate President was instrumental to most of the appointments he held and had also supported him immensely to be re-elected as Governor for a second term.
He thanked the people of Zone C and indeed Benue in general for supporting his reelection, stressing that in his second coming, mistakes of the past would be corrected as lessons had already been learnt in the past four years.
Senator Suleiman Adokwe and Comrade Abba Moro in separate remarks said the trust the people of Zone C had in Mark had never been misplaced, saying he had impacted lives positively in Idoma land more than any other Idoma son.
Mrs. Owoh Ameh, first daughter of the former Senate President said time had come for her father to hand over the mantle of leadership to the younger ones and prayed God to bless him as he steps aside to give counsel to the younger generation.
The celebrant, Senator Mark stated that when he came back from exile in 1998, he traversed Idoma land and ended with a thanksgiving, saying it was in the same light that he did to mark his exit from the senate.
He expressed appreciation to the people of Zone C for voting for him six times when he stood elections to the Senate, adding that he was also grateful to the priests and servants of God as well as his family for standing by him in the past twenty years he served as senator.
He thanked Governor Ortom for being the only Governor that followed a presidential aspirant to the podium during the last PDP presidential primaries in Port Harcourt, and proudly voted for him during the primaries, saying he would forever remain grateful for the honour.