By Peter Duru
ABUJA—FORMER Senate President, David Mark, disclosed yesterday that he gave answers to all the issues raised when he was invited by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over some alleged financial transactions.
Senator Mark, who is making the first and only official statement on the issue, said that he was a law abiding citizen, adding that he was invited by the EFCC to answer questions on the 2015 Presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State.
A statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh read: “Our 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, Sen. Mark 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, Sen. Mark honoured the invitation. 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. He 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.”
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