Former Senate President, David Mark, is not shaken by a move by the Federal Government to take over his FCT home sited on 1.6 hectares of land at 1 Musa Usman Street, (also known as No. 1 Chuba Okadigbo Street), Apo Legislative Quarters, Gudu, Abuja.
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property had in September given the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit his mansion.
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property set up by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla had claimed that the property was illegally acquired by Mark.
But in a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, the Senator representing Benue South said every party after him were only chasing shadows.
“I had the right of first refusal. Even if I did not purchase it, someone else would have. I am a law-abiding citizen. I did not flout any law. Curiously, four houses occupied by the then presiding officers of the National Assembly were offered to the occupants.
“All of us – I, as the then President of the Senate; the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and his deputy, Bayero Nafada – were given the same offer. I am at a loss as to why it is now a subject of contention.
“If this persecution is about politics, my political party and the 2019 elections, I dare say that only God and Nigerians would decide. No amount of persecution would alter the will of God.
“I had refrained from commenting on this because it is already in court. But they have taken the matter to the court of public opinion.”
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property had in September given the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit the mansion.
But Mark had since gone to at an Abuja Federal High Court to challenge the move.