BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja
Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has clarified issues bothering his recent invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial transactions.
In a statement signed by his media assistant, Mr Paul Mumeh, yesterday in Abuja, Senator Mark said his attention has been drawn to media reports wherein it was reported that ‘former President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark was quizzed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over some alleged financial transactions.’
To set the record straight, Senator Mark said he was invited by the EFCC via a letter addressed to the National Assembly to answer questions on the 2015 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State.
As a law abiding citizen, Mark said he honoured the invitation to the anti graft agency office.
“Curiously, they also alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid over N2bilion into the National Assembly’s account which he, as the then President of the Senate, allegedly 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.”
The statement also said that the Benue South Senator however, clarified all the issues raised before returning home.
“Sen. Mark believes in due process and rule of law. He has maintained a clean record of public service over the years and will continue to uphold the highest standard of conduct expected of public servants.
“Sen. Mark’s house has since become a pilgrimage of sort to Politicians across party lines, friends and well-wishers identifying with him at this moment.
“He however appealed to his supporters, friends and associates to remain calm and see his current travails as a price he has to pay for leadership.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the first and only official statement from the office of Sen. Mark on this issue,” the statement concluded.