Former Senate President, David Mark has off-loaded no fewer than 120 of his personal assistants and domestic workers, including his son and younger brother. This is sequel to the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general elections.
It was gathered that Mark decided to dispose them after his ruling party was axed from the presidency on March 28. It was indeed a double tragedy for Mark as his party also failed to return to power in his own Benue State. Mark led the Senate for eight years, a feat no legislator has achieved in the history of Nigeria.
It was reported that David Mark initially had over 300 personal assistants and domestic workers. Among his workers were his son, Babatunde Mark and his brother, Igoche Mark. While Igoche was his Personal Assistant (PA), his son, Tunde was his Special Assistant on Special Duties and Interior.
However, things fell apart after PDP was ousted from power and the mantle of leadership was taken away from the retired soldier to Bukola Saraki; hence his decision to cut cost by disengaging some of his workers.
An insider hinted that some of his domestic workers were even being owed several months of salary before their sack.
“What is the essence of keeping them when he is no longer in power? What will an ordinary floor member of the Senate be doing with over 200 workers? The money is no longer coming so he had to cut his coat according to his cloth.
“To tell you how serious it is, his son, Tunde was also affected and his brother, Igoche as well. However, Igoche is still working closely with him,” he hinted.
On why he sacked his own son, the source said: “His son, Tunde is not an illiterate. He studied Biochemistry and immunology from the prestigious Kings College, London. He needs to start his own life since his father is no longer in power. He has since flown out of the country following his disengagement.”
Observed that following Mark’s exit from power, his GRA house has literarily turned to a graveyard as usual activities in the place has vanished.
Similarly, activities in Otukpo, Mark’s country home during the weekend has died down.
“Sometimes in the past, hotels in Otukpo would be fully booked because of some persons who came from far and wide to meet with him. Now even hotel owners are complaining of low patronage,” the insider claimed.
When quizzed about the annual Mark “D Ball basket ball competition will still hold, the insider said, “Igoche is the one in charge of that. But considering the expenses involved, I am not sure the event would hold this year.”
Mark, a former governor of Niger State under General Ibrahim Babangida and one time Minister for Communication was a pioneer member of the Peoples Democratic Party and has since pledged his loyalty to the party despite its recent setbacks.