Published On: Sun, Dec 17th, 2017

Allegations Against Me Make No Sense To Any Right-Thinking Person, Says David Mark

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By Sadiq Umar – Former President of the Senate, David Mark, on Sunday described as senseless allegation that he shared N2billion to 109 senators in 2010.

The allegation was levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“This simply did not make sense to any right-thinking member of the society,” Mr. Mark said in a statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh.

The national daily had reported weekend that the former Senate President was invited for interrogation by EFCC where he was held for some hours.

Confirming his interrogation by the anti-corruption agency, Mr. Mark said he was questioned in respect of the campaign funding in Benue in the 2015 elections.

He said he was particularly baffled about another question that bothered on alleged bribery of all Senate members in 2010.

Mr. Mark, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator was Senate President for eight consecutive years of two term from 2007 until 2015.

He returned to the upper chamber in 2015 as a floor member when the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) secured majority seats in the senate.

According to him, the anti-corruption alleged that PDP paid over N2 billion into a bank account run by the National Assembly during his days as the president of the Senate.

He said the EFCC further alleged that the money was shared among the 109 Senators (including PDP, ACN, and ANPP) in 2010.

“Again, to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Mark is not aware of such transaction. This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society.

“Sen. Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account. He however clarified all the issues raised before returning home,” Mr. Mumeh said.

The EFCC has refused to speak on the interrogation.

The 2015 campaign finance by the PDP has been a subject of intense interrogation by law enforcement agencies.

The Buhari administration had since been investigating a sum of $2.1 billion disguised as national security expenditure under the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

The fund is largely believed to be campaign slush fund for the 2015 general elections kept in the NSA budget away from public eyes.

 

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