Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state would not tolerate any imposition of candidates by the national headquarters of the party on the people, saying that only the people at the grass root would select their leaders.
Suswam spoke yesterday, after being presented with the expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by some party elders from his senatorial zone at Makurdi, the state capital, saying that those pining their hopes that Abuja would give them tickets for the election would fail.
According to him, he was now ready to confront Senator Barnabas Gemade for the party’s ticket for the Benue North East senatorial seat in 2015 general elections.
Suswam said that he was not be intimidated by the political pedigree of Gemade, as the former national chairman of the ruling party, adding that he would emerge victorious at the end of the primaries.
He further said, “I am a democrat, and I am prepared to go through the party primaries, we will all go to the field so that members of the party can exercise their franchise by electing their preferred candidates.
“The party would obviously avail every aspirant a level playing field and I am prepared for the primaries. I am not intimidated. Everyone including journalists would be there to monitor the proceedings.
“I am not fighting with my elder brother Senator Gemade and we are not in conflict. The fact remains that if at the end of the primaries he emerges victorious, I will work with him. If I emerge, I know he would be magnanimous enough to work with me.
“These elections are localized, it is not a national election; therefore it behoves the people and party men and women within our immediate state to decide the outcome of the processes.”