2015: I ’ll create level playing field for aspirants —Suswam

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Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, has promised a level playing ground for all the governorship aspirants in the state.

The governor, who spoke during an interactive session with newsmen at the Government House, Makurdi, on Thursday, denied allegation that he is sponsoring one of the governorship aspirants with government funds to emerge as his successor.

Suswam said that he would not interfere in the process of choosing ,who should succeed him in 2015.

According to him,”I have provided a level playing ground for all the aspirants. I do not have any anointed aspirant. If I had the power to anoint anyone, I would have chosen my deputy, Chief Steven Lawani, because he understands the nitty-gritty of governance, having served me for these period of time. But, it is the Benue electorate that have the power to elect their governor”.

While speaking on the non-payment of two month salaries to civil servants ,the governor explained that it is as result of the ongoing negotiation with labour over the new salary structure in the state.

He assured that as soon as negotiations are concluded, salary arrears would be cleared.

On whether local government election will hold in the state at the expiration of their tenure on November 27, 2014, he stated that the state may not afford the cost of over N1billion to conduct election, disclosing further that caretaker committees will be put in place.

Meanwhile, Governor Suswam, has called on the youth to be wary of desperate politicians, who may want to engage them to cause mayhem during the election.

The governor said this at the flagging off of a 4.5 kilometer road project from Nyiman Layout to Achusa to be executed by a construction company.

He explained that those politicians, who were engaging them to cause violence would not use their own children.

“If they ask you to be used as thugs, tell them to use their own children. Don’t let desperate politicians use you as thugs while keeping their children in good schools and better places.”

He noted that the road would cost over N500million and is expected to be completed in six months, adding that he plans to commission the road in April next year before his administration exits.

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