Gemade to Suswam: Respect your elders

Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Senator Barnabas Gemade, has charged Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam to learn to respect his elders even in the contest for political office.
A statement by Gemade’s Legislative Aide, Bob Jija, made available to our correspondent in Abuja said that Gemade gave the charge as he rounded off his consultative tour of Sankera political bloc, Benue State.
Governor Suswam is said to have completed plans to vie for Benue North East Senatorial seat under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The seat is currently being occupied by Gemade who is also a former National Chairman of PDP.
Sankera comprises of Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of Benue State.
The statement said that Gemade who laced his speech in Tiv custom and tradition reminded the governor that it is a taboo in Tiv nation for a minor to ask his elder to stand up for him to sit.
Jija quoted Gemade to have said while addressing the people of Sankera that with the support shown him during the visit, he is sure that his second term ambition is already a done deal.
Gemade was also quoted to have added that, “in the history of Tiv nation, there is nowhere a younger person has ever asked an elder to stand up and give him (the younger person) a seat.”
The lawmaker was said to have declared that such an action of a younger person asking an elder to stand up for him would not be acceptable in Tiv land.
Gemade said, “I want to thank you very sincerely for your overwhelming support. With God and you behind me, I believe nothing is going to stop my re-election to the National Assembly in 2015.
“What you need to do now is to choose delegates who can write names of their choices without been supported by anybody.
“Our party, the PDP, which I am a founding member allows for a second term in office, even for those who perform very low.
“We are all witnesses to that and there is no way a star like me will not be allowed to go for a second term. That cannot happen.
“A younger person has never asked an elder to stand up and give him a seat in our land and I will not accept that.
“Those who are younger should go for other things that are even more attractive and leave my Senate seat.
“I am ready to help in looking for an alternative for them if they wish. But if it must be this Senate seat I am occupying, nobody should try to unseat me because that will not be acceptable.”
Jija quoted Hon. Bemkor Ugbidye and Ajagu Bogbenda, who spoke for Ugondu and Gaambe-Tiev respectively during Gemade’s Ugba LGA consultative visit, to have assured of their overwhelming support for the incumbent senator.
Jija said that the stakeholders however noted that “God gives leadership” and charged Gemade to look up to God for the actualization of his aspiration.
Jija noted that in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA, PDP Deputy Chairman for Ukum, Mr. Akoko, Hon. Akumaveyol Tor Musa and Lord William Annase, described Senator Gemade as a friend of Ukum.
The speakers, Jija said, assured that they have no excuse not to support Senator Gemade’s aspiration.
He quoted Lord William, who is also the National President, Ukum Development Association, to have said that it was Gemade who made their son, Prof. Daniel Saror Senator in 1999, describing him as the (Ikyarem) of Ukum people.
Jija said that Senator Gemade was also given a heroic welcome to Katsina-Ala LGA last on Saturday when he addressed PDP stakeholders and elders at Camp Bethel Hotel.
He said that those who spoke at the event including Hon. Tordue Yev, Hon. Iorchor Gwaza and Hon. Atondu Cheikula, PDP deputy chairman, Katsina-Ala LGA, all gave the thumbs up Senator Gemade to ensuring that his presence at the National Assembly is felt in all the council wards of the local government.
“They were particularly happy that Gemade has facilitated the employment of 11 persons from Katsina-Ala at the federal level in addition to his numerous constituency projects in the area. Gemade’s second term would attract more development to the area,” he said.

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