Senator representing Benue North East at the National Assembly, Senator Barnabas Gemade, has described the plot to draft Governor Gabriel Suswam into the 2015 senatorial race in his constituency as an act of mischief and conspiracy against his constituents.
Senator Gemade whose comment is coming on the heels of a recent statement credited to a self styled elder of the ruling party at a reception for Governor Suswam in Katsina-Ala calling on the Governor to run in the election, noted that it was too early in the day for anyone to conceive that idea stressing that it falls within the purview of the party’s caucus to discuss such issues.
Addressing newsmen yesterday at his residence in Makurdi, the Senator said, “It is an ill appropriate time to talk of elections now because it is only one year and few months after the last elections”
”I consider the call by someone urging the Governor to contest elecation in my senatorial zone in 2015 as a conspiracy and mischief against the people”.
”Standing election is a personal decision of a person who wants to stand election. Example abounds where people who are drafted to contest election never made it”.
”It is a mischief by someone who is known for that. I for one consider the elders of North East Senatorial zone as people of repute. My investigation uncovered that majority of the elders who were at that function never had a foreknowledge of the decision of the person who made that call”.
The former National Chairman of the PDP further stated, “As seasoned politicians and experience men in government we all know that matters like this are not to be spoken carelessly or irresponsibly”.
”These are issues that are first tabled at party caucuses and properly discussed so that the party hierarchy and solidarity is preserved. Those who go about to make such unguarded statements like this are people who want to destroy the system”.
”And I believe nobody will allow them to do so, I believe they should be totally disregard and ignored”, he added.