A senatorial aspirant in the Benue South senatorial zone, Chief Mike Onoja, has said the need to observe the power sharing formula in Nigeria’s political system as enshrined in the PDP constitution informed his decision to vie for the seat presently occupied by the senate president, David Mark.
The senate president is angling to return to the Senate for the fifth consecutive time after coming to the red chamber of the National Assembly on the return to democracy in 1999.
Chief Onoja told journalists in Abuja that the Benue South senatorial zone comprises of nine local governments and that since the return of democracy in 1999, David Mark has occupied that seat for 16 years.
He said such a situation is not healthy for the country’s nascent democracy which emphasises the principle of rotation of political office.
The Senate President with the help of the governor of the state, has secured an automatic ticket to return to the Senate, since the sit had been retained in his senatorial district according to the PDP arrangement in the state.
David Mark has been working in concert with top members of the PDP to ensure the return of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 as a ploy to secure his seat after the 2015 general election.
Onoja said it is against this background, that he threw his hat into the ring to challenge Mark, most especially in line with the principle of rotation which he noted was enshrined in the PDP constitution so that every zone would benefit from the political equation.
Onoja said, “For now, power rotation is necessary in our nascent democracy so that every section will feel the impact of governance.
“However, there will come a time this won’t be an issue again and one can hold on to power for the rest of his life if voted for; that will be when our democracy has matured to a certain level but at the moment, we are not there yet.”