Senator David Bonaventure Mark representing Benue South Senatorial district has been elected as the new Senate President of Nigeria.
He polled 68 votes to defeat the second contestant chief George Akume former Governor of Benue State representing Benue North West Senatorial district. Senators Aliyu and Gbemisola Saraki who will also nominated for the position of Senate President stepped down.
Senator David Mark, two time Military Governor and a former Minister of Communication retired from Nigerian Army as a Brigadier General. He has been in the Senate since 1999 and also chaired many Senate Committees.
In the same vein, Senator Ike Ekweremadu representing Enugu West Senatorial district was unanimously returned as deputy Senate President. He is returning to the Senate second time having been elected Senator in 2003.
Subsequently, oaths of office and allegiance were administered on both David Mark and Ike Ekweremadu as President and Deputy Senate President by the clerk of the National Assembly Alhaji Nasiru Arab.
This election of David Mark as new Senate President confirms the earlier decision by the PDP caucus to zone the position to North Central Geo- political Zone of Nigeria and the directive to its members to support the candidature of Mark.