Though Nigerians at home and abroad are of the opinion that after twelve years of uninterrupted civilian rule, the country’s democracy should be growing steadily towards maturity, the attitude of the nation’s political leaders has however continually made democratic growth a dream which is yet to be actualized.
Apart from the unfathomable looting that goes on within governmental circles, most politicians would do anything to perpetuate themselves in office. The days of selfless political office holders seem to have become history as politicians seem to be obviously more concerned with the spoils of office than the plight of the electorate.
In many parts of the country, politics has become a profession as a good number of professionals have jettisoned their jobs and embraced politics full-time. In some cases, it has become more or less a family trade.
Street Journal’s investigations have revealed that the Senate President, Senate David Bonaventure Mark has built his family into a powerful political empire with tentacles spreading from Otukpo, his hometown to other parts of the country. The “Mark dynasty” incidentally is well represented in the tiers of government and its membership spreads across the three arms of government as well.
Street Journal gathered that David Mark’s two Personal Assistants are his family members. One is his son while the other is his brother. The Chairman of his Local Government Area is his son in-law while one of his daughters functions as the Personal Assistant to the Interior Minister, Comrade Abba Moro who is the Senate President’s godson.
His daughter Blessing, who is married to the Otukpo Local Government Chairman is also the Secretary of a juicy parastatal in the Federal Capital Development Authority. Her appointment was recently confirmed for a second time by the President.
Street Journal also found out that before the new arrangement and “repositioning” within the Senate President’s structure, his sister, Ada Mark was the Hounourable member representing his constituency in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Senator Mark is spending his fourth session as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.