Concise News reports that Mark made the declaration on Sunday during a thanksgiving service held at the St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Otukpo, Benue State.
Mark, who has been in the Senate since 1999 thanked the people of his constituency for the support given to him for the past 20 years, and also thanked God for his mercy on his immediate and political families.
He appealed to the people to forgive him in case he made any mistake in the course of his 20 years in the Senate.
He said, “When I came back in 1998 after my exile, I went round all the parts of my senatorial district and this I have done to appreciate the support of the people since the last 20 years.
“It is through the support you gave to me that made it possible for me to be the longest-serving senator who contested six times and won six times.
“In the course of my political career, I may have made certain mistakes, those mistakes were not from the heart but from the head. Therefore, I should be forgiven and I hope at the end of the day, history will be kind to me.
“Now that I have retired from active service, I will devote my time to be a peace ambassador for my senatorial district, Benue State and for Nigeria.”
Also speaking at the thanksgiving service, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, described Mark as a role model whose humility and services to the state and the country would remain indelible.
A former Minister of Interior and now senator-elect to succeed Mark, Abba Moro, while also speaking said the former President of the Senate did not betray the trust of the people of the senatorial district.
“Nobody, living or dead in this senatorial district, has made the kind of impact that Mark had made in the past 20 years,” he said.