*N2b shared as Senate President
Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has returned to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja to further answer questions from operatives investigating the Alison Diezani campaign funds.
David Mark will be grilled on issues pertaining to the slush funds shared by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, for the failed re-election bid of former President Goodluck Jonathan and another N2 billion allegedly paid into the account of the National Assembly during his tenure as the Senate president.
Mark was accused of having been the arrowhead in the sharing of over N500 million given to the Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2015 election.
He was also said to have shared the N2 billion allegedly paid into the account of the Senate among the 109 senators, including himself, when he was the boss of the National Assembly.
He was first quizzed on Friday but released to go and get documents from his home in Benue State for the continuation of his interrogation.
But Mark in a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, on Sunday faulted the EFCC and insisted that he kept a clean record as a public officer.
The statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports wherein it was reported that former President of the Senate David Mark was quizzed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over some alleged financial transactions.
“To set the record straight, Senator Mark was invited by the EFCC via a letter addressed to the National Assembly to answer questions on the 2015 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State.
“As a law abiding citizen, Senator Mark honoured the invitation. Curiously, they also alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid over N2 billion into the National Assembly’s account which he, as the then President of the Senate, allegedly shared among the 109 Senators (including PDP, ACN, and ANPP) in 2010. Again, to the best of his knowledge, Senator Mark is not aware of such transaction.
“This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society. Senator Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account. He, however, clarified all the issues raised before returning home.
“Senator Mark believes in due process and rule of law. He has maintained a clean record of public service over the years and will continue to uphold the highest standard of conduct expected of public servants.
“Senator Mark’s house has since become a pilgrimage of sort to politicians across party lines, friends and well-wishers identifying with him at this moment. He however appealed to his supporters, friends and associates to remain calm and see his current travails as a price he has to pay for leadership.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the first and only official statement from the office of Sen. Mark on this issue.”