Daughter of former Senate President David Mark, Mrs Blessing Onuh-Mark has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) barely two weeks after failing to secure the party’s House of Representatives ticket for Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency.
Onuh-Mark had lost the ticket to her uncle, Johnson Egli Ahubi, the current Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly.
Although she had been advised to step down for Ahubi, she had refused, preferring to slug it out at the primaries.
Before the primaries, Onuh-Mark was said to have supported Chief Mike Onoja, who vied for the Benue South senatorial ticket but lost to former Interior Minister, Abba Moro.
Onoja subsequently defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he picked up the ticket to contest for the senatorial seat at the 2019 general election.
Onuh-Mark has since joined Onoja in the SDP, where she also picked the House of Representatives ticket to contest against her uncle.
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“The truth is, Blessing was not happy with the whole drama that played out. She is also not happy because her father did not use his influence to get her the ticket.
“But (Okpani) Mark told her to wait until 2023 but she refused. Senator Mark doesn’t want to impose his daughter on the people. Now, she has picked the SDP ticket with Mike Onoja who also decamped from PDP last week,” Daily Post quoted a source as saying.
However, PDP chieftains have mocked her defection, describing it as “immaterial”.