Benue State Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, has declared his intention to contest the Benue North East Senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2015 general elections thereby pitching him against the current occupier of the seat, former National Chairman of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Barnabas Gemade.
Suswam declared his intent on Friday in Adikpo, Kwande LGA, when he led three paramount rulers of the ‘Sankera political bloc’ to lobby the two paramount rulers of Ushongo and Kwande LGAs where the PDP supposedly zoned the position to, asking that he be allowed to represent them in the Senate.
Addressing the gathering on the purpose of their visit, the Ter Katsina-Ala, Chief Fezanga Wombo, who spoke on behalf of the Suswam-led delegation, said they were in the palace of the Ter Kwande to intimate them of the governor’s intention to contest the 2015 senatorial election.
“We know that the senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2015 election has been zoned to Kwande/Ushongo axis, but we of the Sankera bloc have come to ask that you lend us the slot to allow Governor Suswam run for the seat”.
Responding to the request, the Ter Kwande, Chief Hilary Ikima, stated that “since none of our subjects had indicated interest to contest the seat and given that Governor Suswam is the first to ask for it, we will loan the seat to Sankera”.
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