There were clear indications yesterday that Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku, has joined the governorship race in Benue State in a bid to succeed the Governor Gabriel Suswam.
Senator Waku who represented Benue North/West in the Senate between 1999 and 2003 is contesting on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, (APC).
New Telegraph on Sunday reported that already, posters of Senator Waku have adorned strategic places across the state with bold inscriptions:
It was learnt that Waku, the traditional holder of the ‘Wanbegha-U-Tiv’ is greatly favoured by the political zoning arrangement of the governorship election, having come from the MINDA political bloc which is likely to produce the next governor after Suswam.
His decision to join the governorship race, New Telegraph on Sunday reported was because of intense pressure on him, since according to Governor Suswam, age does not matter in any position an aspirant wishes to go for any political office in the state.
The entry of Senator Waku into the governorship race has brought the number of APC gubernatorial aspirants in the state to four.
They are the party’s governorship candidate in the 2011 election, Prof. Steve Torkuma Ugba; House of Representatives member representing Makurdi/ Guma Barrister Emmanuel Jime and former Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of Internal Affairs in the George Akume’s administration, Mr. Akange Audu already making consultations on their ambitions.
A political pundit told New Telegraph on Sunday that with the divided interests bedeviling the ruling People’s Democratic Party and its possible break-up over disagreements on who flies its flag at the moment, the APC may have upper hands if it does proper homework and put its house in order in the election next year.
Close associates to Senator Waku who spoke with Correspondent yesterday quoted him as vowing to ensure that the APC form government in the state next year.
Source: New Telegraph.