The 2019 presidential ambition of former Senate President, Sen. David Mark, got a boost on Monday, September 24, 2018, when former President Goodluck Jonathan endorsed and lauded him as being a ‘detribalized’ Nigerian who means well for the country.
Jonathan threw his weight behind Mark who is one of the aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking the party’s ticket, when the Benue State Senator and his entourage paid him a courtesy call at his Yenogoa, Bayelsa State residence.
Jonathan, who is relinquished power as a sitting president in 2015 to incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, said that Nigeria is in dire need of unity and only a man with the strength of character and clear conscience like Sen. Mark can rebuild and foster unity in the country in 2019.
“We are only existing superficially and this is very dangerous,” Jonathan began while welcoming Mark.
He said that beyond the dwindling economy and worsening insecurity, the major problem the next president would face was the challenge of uniting the country and giving every section a sense of belonging.
The ex-President noted that every right thinking Nigerian should crave for peace and unity as ‘we continue to stay together’.
“Staying together is what everyone desires as the global community respects and values us because of our size and population.
“As president of Nigeria, I worked harmoniously with Se. David Mark as President of the Senate. He demonstrated patriotism and loyalty to his fatherland.
“His colleagues admitted that he is a detribalized leader. He is the kind of man the nation needs now.”
The former president expressed optimism that the PDP would get it right in 2019 elections because the party has learned from its mistakes.
In his remarks, Sen. Mark said that Nigerians now know the difference between the former and present administrations.
He added that he possessed the experience, knowledge, and skill to bring the nation out of the social and economic malaise within two years if elected.
Earlier, the Director General of David Mark Campaign organization, Zainab Kure, paid glowing tribute to Jonathan for his uncommon leadership quality and the sacrifices he made to keep the nation united.