Colonel David Mark
President of the Senate
Date of Birth: 08/04/1948
Place of Birth: Otukpo
Education: St Francis Catholic Practising School, Otukpo, 1956-61;
Nigerian Military School, Zaria, 1962-66; Nigeria Defence Academy,
Kaduna, 1967-70; School of Signals, Blandford, United Kingdom, 1970; College of
Military Engineering, Poona, Military College of Telecommunication
Engineering, Mhow, 1971-75; Command Staff College, Jaji, 1978-79;
National Defence University, Washington DC, 1990-91; Harvard
University, Boston, 1991-92.
Career: Commander 1 Division Headquarters & Signals, Kaduna;
Commandant, School of Signals, Lagos; Staff Officer, Operations
Headquarters & Signals Lagos; Sports Officer, Signal Brigade, Lagos;
Faculty Director, National War College; General Staff Officer, Grade I Coordinate Command & Staff College,
Jaji; Directing Staff Officer, Command and Staff College, Jaji;
Commander, 3rd Marine Signals Division, Port-Harcourt; Brigade Major,
Signal Brigade, Lagos; Director of Telecommunications, Army
Headquarters, Lagos; Chairman, Abandoned Properties Implementation
Commission; Military Governor, Niger State,
1984-86; Minister of Communications, 1987; self-imposed exile, 1993-98;
Senator, Benue South, 1999-03; Senator, Benue South, 2003-07; Senator,
Benue South, 2007 to date; Senate President, 2007 to date.
Commentary: While Minister of Communications in the 1980s, Mark once said telephones were not meant for poor people. He and General Joshua Dogonyaro were reported to have vowed to kill Chief Moshood Abiola
if power were handed to him. A messy divorce saw him pay a £6 million
settlement to a former wife (his fifth). He was also a staunch
supporter of Olusegun Obasanjo’s bid to alter the constitution to allow
a third term. His frequent support for people in power had him named
one of “IBB's boys” while Ibrahim Babangida was Head of State. He was secured the Senate presidency by Obasanjo.
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Senate President David Mark had proposed a plan for a political dialogue a few weeks earlier (AC Vol 50 No 25, Nigeria's succession: the candidates)...
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One possibility would be the Senate President David Mark, a retired Brigadier General from Benue State who served under Obasanjo in the 1970s...
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David Mark who, as Senate President, is third in line for the Presidency, after Vice-President Namadi Sambo...
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Not if David Mark, the current President, has his way...
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Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, representing the opposition, have presented to Senate President David Mark a request for a 15-member committee to locate Yar'Adua, determine his health status and advise him to comply with the constitution...
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One reason these interests are converging is utter dissatisfaction with the People's Democratic Party, expressed even by two of its most senior members, David Mark, the Senate President, and Anthony Anenih, a party chieftain...
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Senate President David Mark replied that the Minister ‘is passing the buck of inefficiency from the executive on to the Senate...
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Less than one month after Justice Bulkachuwa's odd judgment in Kaduna, she appeared in Jos to hear a case involving PDP Governor and Senate President David Mark brought by his ANPP opponent, Alhaji Usman Abubakar...
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The constitution says that if the Court rules for a fresh election, David Mark, the Senate President, should take over to organise the poll...
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The courts have removed eight elected governors while several senators, including David Mark, the President of the Senate, are appealing similar orders...