Why Takum 2 people have decided not to vote for Mark Useni again
Honorable Dr. Mark Bako Useni has been the member representing Takum 2 constituency in the Taraba state house of Assembly for the past 11 to 12 years now but that story is about to change this year 2019.
Mr is Useni is loved by his people and they regard him as the “political godfather of Takum Local Government Area.” Useni who is currently the member representing Takum 2 constituency decided to contest for House of Representative Member to represent Takum LGC, Donga LGC, Ussa LGC and Yangtu special Development Area under The Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
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However, the race to National house of Representative was too tough for Useni due to the fact that Honorable Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum, the present Member who is representing the political Zone had performed excellently and thus he is well loved by his people hence Useni lost the primary election.
Although Useni lost the primary election but the people of Takum stood by him. Mark Useni could not endure the loss and such greedily went and hijacked PDP ticket for Takum 2 constituency. However, the people of Takum 2 did not welcome the decision taken by Useni and thus called on the state governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to call Useni to order hence the Ticket was returned and the primary election for state house of assembly was conducted.
John Lamba emerged as the flag bearer of the PDP in the primary election and Mark Useni started persuading the young man to give the ticket to him. Although Lamba did not agree to give the ticket to Useni but the state governor and the PDP party chairman Mr Bala Kona manipulated the whole thing in favour of Mark Useni hence the ticket was given to him behind the scene. When Lamba discovered that Useni’s name was sent to the Independent Electoral National Commission INEC he decided to contest under another party.
After knowing that Mark Useni had become power drunk the people of Takum 2 have now decided to vote against him. They compared Useni’s selfishness to that of Bukola Saraki of Kwara state and Bola Tinubu of Lagos state.
“Mark Useni is like Saraki, Akpabio and Tinubu, he wants to be in control of everything that has to do with politics here in Takum 2, but this time around we shall vote against him massively. We will humiliate him the way Kwara people and Akwa Ibom people humiliate senator Saraki and senator Akpabio” said Maggai Tikari resident of Takum 2.
“Could you imagine that Mark Useni served as the executive chairman of the Takum Local Govt for 8 years and state house of assembly for 11 to 12 years now but he still doesn’t want to retire from politics?
“Useni has never served us well but has been winning as a result of PDP rigging but as he decided to go for a higher position, there could not make it because he has never represented us well but instead of him to respect himself, he arrogantly collude with the state governor and others to steal the mandates we gave to John Lamba
“We are now ever ready to defend our mandates; on 9th March we will help accompany Mark Useni to his political menopause just like the people of Akwa Ibom did to senator Apkabio” said Shiban Nwunuji.
Others who were present during the interview by Taraba Sky News expressed that they are not happy with the state governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for conspiring with Mark Useni against them.
They said that “snatching Takum 2 PDP ticket for Mark Useni who did not contested for the election is a hot blow on democracy. They further called on the state governor to declare support for John Lamba.