Senate President David Mark has been offered a record fourth term in the Senate as a reward for his ‘loyalty’ to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to party sources.
Similarly, several first term governors of the party and some other principal officers of the National Assembly also stand a good chance of benefitting from a trade off with the party leaders.
The party is determined to whip into line erring party members and punish those a source labeled ‘rebellious’ members. Such ‘rebels’ in the Senate and House of Representatives will,thus, not have their current tickets renewed for next year’s election ,it was gathered.
The party has decided against renewing their nomination following the unanimous endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term by PDP leaders.
All PDP Senators and Representatives will,accordingly,be screened with a view to weeding out the ‘rebels’, while Mark and some principal officers as well as some first term governors will be rewarded with automatic tickets for their ‘loyalty’.
It was gathered that party’s leadership is under pressure to retain its present power sharing formula agreed in 2011.
Also, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State said yesterday that he had never declared interest in the presidential race and there was no question of stepping down.
“I have never declared interest in the presidential election. Maybe you should remind me when you and I discussed my declaration and aspiration,” he said in an interview, adding that “I could not have stepped down for an office I did not seek.”