Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday issued certificate of return to the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, following his victory at the last weekend’s re-run senatorial election in Benue south district.
The certificate of return which makes it the sixth time, was given to him at INEC headquarters by Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, INEC National Commissioner.
Speaking shortly after receiving the certificate, Mark said his victory at the Benue South re-run election has renewed his faith to continue to serve God and humanity without blemish.
“In the current democratic dispensation, I am the only Nigerian till the date who has contested senatorial election six times, won six times and received certificate of return six times.
“When I got the fifth one, it was a great record for me but when I got the sixth one now, it is also a great privilege for me and I appreciate it. I want to assure Nigerians that I will do my work as a senator, representing Benue South.
“For the confidence, trust and love for me, I will continue to serve honestly with all my heart. My actions will be guided always with the fear of God,” Mark said.
Mark commended INEC for the great work it was doing, adding that he feels the electioneering should be less cumbersome to enable more qualified Nigerians participate.
“Whatever it is, we in the National Assembly will continue to improve on the electoral process. My prayer is that we will get to a level where people will vote freely without security agencies and without any problem that will disrupt elections.
Nwuruku said the certificate was a confirmation that Mark won the Benue South senatorial rerun election according to the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.
He reminded elected public officers that election was a process towards rendering services to the society and making life much easier and meaningful to the ordinary man.