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Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

2015: Youths slam Suswam over senatorial ambition

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By Stanley Onyekwere

As permutations over political future of most governors serving their last term in People’s Democratic Party (PDP) continue to gain momentum ahead of the forthcoming general elections next year, a coalition of northern youths have said the Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswan, lacks the pedigree to seek for senatorial election into the National Assembly.

The youths, under the aegis of Northern Youth Patriotic Front (NYPF), said the governor has not performed credibly in his eight years as governor of the state.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the spokesperson for the group, Abdiljamil Haske, said Suswan has lost political relevance in the state due to what he described as ‘his poor performance.’

According to him, for the fact that the governor’s certificate scandal is still hanging on him, he does not qualify to and as such, contest in 2015.

“We are all aware of the certificate scandal involving the governor. Besides, the governor has failed to win the confidence of Benue people who voted him into office in 2007.

“He has failed to provide job opportunities for youths. Schools in the state are always on strike and the same man wants to contest for Senate. We wonder what he will contribute at the hallowed chambers”, the Spokesperson said.

The youths also warned that the desperation of the governor to remove the serving senator, who they described as a statesman that is doing well for the people of his constituency, spells doom for the PDP.


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