OrderPaperToday – Christian leaders under the auspices of the Benue South (Zone C) chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have thrown their support for the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark in the forthcoming senatorial rerun election in the area.

The Christian leaders led by the zonal CAN Chairman, Rev. Father Emmanuel Odufu made their position known during a solidarity visit to Senator Mark’s Otukpo Country Home Tuesday.

A statement by Mark’s Media Assistant, Mr. Paul Mumeh said Odufu told the former senate president that it is the consensus of CAN, especially in Benue South to identify and support him in the forth-coming re-run.

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The statement quoted the cleric as saying “for us we are pleased and very comfortable with you, your sterling leadership qualities and record of achievements speaks for you. We stand by you and we shall be with you all through.”

The clerics reportedly listed various projects attracted by Senator Mark to the zone to include but not limited to the Multi-Purpose Otobi Water Dam, the Oweto/Loko Bridge, Health Centers, schools and more importantly, the annual scholarship awards to students.

“The Benue South Zone cannot compromise merit and integrity on the altar of sentiments.  Our people are more than ever before enlightened and wise enough to know what is right. We shall not be ready to be teleguided by outside forces on what affects us,” Odufu said.

Responding, Senator Mark expressed appreciation to the state CAN for the support and solidarity and assured that he will continue to protect and defend the interest of the Idoma nation no matter the circumstances.

Senator Mark counselled his people not to be intimidated but to stand up always to defend the interest of Idoma nation, saying “one thing I am sure of is that our people now know their rights. Nobody from outside Idoma land will determine our destiny. Only the Idoma man and woman will vote. Not external forces.

Senator Mark asked them to be steadfast with him because “I will defend and protect the interest of Idoma people even with the last pint of my blood.”

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