There are indications that the incumbent governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam may be considering the option of dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Labour Party (LP) in pursuit of his ambition of representing Benue North-East in the Senate in 2015.
This is coming after Senator Barnabas Gemade’s declarations for re-election to the senate last week in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state and launching of his empowerment programme, our reporter was told.
The ceremony was attended by the Senate President, David Mark, the National Chairman of the ruling PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and other officials from the National secretariat of the party.
At the event, Senator Mark and Alhaji Muazu endorsed Senator Gemade for the senatorial district contest in 2015, which automatically puts an end to Suswam’s ambition to run on the ticket of PDP.
Before the last week event, a very reliable source told our correspondent that the PDP caucus at the behest of the Senate president had earlier ruled out Suswam, whose two terms in office as governor have been marked with controversies over non performance and alleged corruption.
Senator Mark, according to sources allegedly told the party stalwarts that apart from running against Gemade, a former National Chairman of the party, a situation the party cannot afford to have its former National leader disgraced in a contest, Suswam’s reign in the state have been marked with controversies.
“How do you explain to the people to support the party in 2015 general election, when primary schools have been on strike since October, 2013 because the governor could not implement the National minimum wage,” Mark allegedly told PDP and President Good luck Jonathan.
Sources within the Presidency told our correspondent that the presidency had already confronted Suswam on this allegation, but the embattled governor blamed the industrial action on the lean revenue and the inadequate federal allocation to the state.
President Jonathan is alleged to have given a tacit support to the return of Gemade to the senate.
As at last week, political strategists and handlers of Suswam’s campaign met to discuss the political future of their benefactor and resolved on the possibility of the governor running on the platform of the Labour party as a last minute resort but advised to remain in the PDP till after the primaries.
Several calls and text messages to Cletus Akwaya, Governor Suswam’s spokesman to respond to this information proved abortive as he neither picked his calls nor replied text messages.
Source: Nigerian Times