I won’t step down for Gabriel Suswam in Benue sen­a­to­rial poll, says Ge­made

• Borno stu­dents en­dorse Shet­tima

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joseph Wantu (Makurdi) Njad­vara Musa (Maiduguri)

SEN­A­TOR Barn­abas Ge­made has de­clared that he will not step down for Dr. Gabriel Suswan to con­test the slot of Benue North East Sen­a­to­rial dis­trict.

He made the clar­i­fi­ca­tion at the week­end in Makurdi, the Benue State cap­i­tal.

This fol­lowed ru­mour that he had agreed to step down to al­low his son to con­test for the gov­er­nor­ship seat.

He said: “How does my son’s gov­er­nor­ship am­bi­tion come into a mat­ter like that? My son is not a politi­cian, he is a very close friend of Suswam, as they have been to­gether for a very long time.”

“As far as step­ping down for Suswam is con­cerned, I am not sur­prised about all post­ings in the so­cial me­dia on the mat­ter.”

The ex- Na­tional Chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) urged those mak­ing the in­sin­u­a­tion to note that: “In­cum­bents are the peo­ple re­garded as own­ers of po­si­tions, while those who seek the po­si­tions come be­hind them.

“So, who­ever wants this se­nate seat should do all that is re­quired to can­vass for the po­si­tion, and ask the peo­ple to sup­port them, rather than ask­ing some­one to step down.”

Ge­made said he doesn’t have a se­nate seat to give to any­body, adding that his seat be­longs to the peo­ple, who can take it back or ask him to hand it over to some­one else.

On al­leged gang up by mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives congress (APC) to im­peach Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki, he said the plot would fail be­cause it is a wild goose chase.

He ex­plained that the APC Se­na­tors lost out in the bat­tle to oust Saraki, hence they em­barked on il­le­gal means of bar­ri­cad­ing states and na­tional as­sem­blies to force things to be done.

He com­mended Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo for his in­ter­ven­tion in the siege to the Na­tional As­sem­bly by op­er­a­tives of the De­part­ment of State Ser­vices (DSS).

Ge­made lamented that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has been un­able to guar­an­tee the safety of lives and prop­erty, lament­ing that poverty has be­come so per­va­sive that about 87 million Nige­ri­ans are very poor.

Mean­while, over 1.5 million mem­bers of the Nige­rian Union of

Borno State Stu­dents (NUBOSS) have en­dorsed Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima to rep­re­sent the state in the Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict in 2019.

Pres­i­dent of NUBOSS, Mo­hammed Al­kali, said the en­dorse­ment fol­lowed his ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

The stu­dents made the en­dorse­ment dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of merit awards to Speaker of state House of As­sem­bly, Ab­dulka­reem Lawan, and oth­ers for their con­tri­bu­tion to the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

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