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Idoma people raise concerns over David Mark's 'loud silence' in the Senate

Written By Idoma Television on Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 5:15:00 AM


The people of Benue South Senatorial District are beginning to raise eyebrows over the immediate past Senate President, David Mark's decision not to make contributions on the floor of Red Chambers since inauguration of 8th Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki.

The investigation is sequel to an Otukpo based Socio-cultural group who expressed disappointment on this development with our National Assembly correspondent in a telephone conversation penultimate week.

It was gathered by our correspondents that Mark who has been in the Senate since 1999 representing Benue South Senatorial District has been on 'quiet time', hence, he would not contribute or sponsor motions to be debated during plenary sessions.

As a tradition, legislative proceedings are initiated through motion sponsorship by an individual legislator or co-sponsorship, but close watch on the former Senate President shows that he is highly reserved and this could be deduced from the fact that at each sittings, which begins usually at 10 am, he is usually the last to enter the gallery after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki might have taken his seat. This posture, Idoma Voice learnt is to avoid having pleasantries and banters with colleagues, a usual tradition before plenary starts.

It was further learnt that he deliberately sought to be sitting on the last sit arrangement to be probably far from paparazzi and a way of diverting attention of People's expectations that he would contribute during plenary as a result of his experience.

Usually donned in a flowing white apparel and his trademark Idoma traditional red and black cap, he was flipping through pages of Newspapers on the very day Senate went on recess having spent less than one hour without his contribution.

A senator who spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity expressed disappointment with the attitude of the former senate President when his views was sought.

He said: "Yes I discovered that the former Senate President would not speak on the floor and taking into consideration his wealth of experience, it is disappointing that he has been keeping mute", he maintained.
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