. As Ortom Supporters Floor Suswam’s in HOA Primaries
If word reaching atiterkula is anything to come by then the Benue state governor, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam, may be on his way to loose his greatest fantasy and most recent infatuation of representation the Benue North-East Senatorial District ( Zone A ), at the National Assembly at the expiration of his tenure.
According to sources Governor Suswam, today jetted out to Abuja after a call from the villa informing him of the president’s appended signature on the deal to retain Sen. Barnabas Gemade in the national assembly as part of those senators to benefit from the automatic ticket deal. The deal we reliably gather was struck after a high powered meeting with David Mark, represented the senators and Alh. Adamu Muazu who brought the proposal to the president.
Suswam who had only before the House of Assembly primaries, turned down a meeting between the president and the other two senators from the state; Gemade and David Mark, is said to have rushed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to try to reschedule another meeting with the president so as to renegotiate his fate in the party and thee politics of the state.
The governor who has been laughing at the idea of automatic tickets for governorship predecessor was also shaken to his marrow in the just concluded State Assembly primaries, when his anointed aspirants lost out in the elections to the benefit of his arch enemy, Chief Samuel Ortom, whose preferred candidates took the day.
A source close to Suswam has also confided that the governor visited his rage on most of his closest aides for failing him in this trial. According to our source who also added that despite the millions of Naira despatched for this purpose, Suswam’s aides took his money and failed to deliver. This recent disappointment is what has prompted the governor to see the recent victory of Ortom allies at the primaries as the hand writing on the wall symbolic of a loss of his political future which now hangs in between Ortom’s candidacy and his submission of his senatorial bid to Gemade or even loose both.
It could be recalled that the president after a series of meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum and the PDP senators agreed that governor’s willing to install their successors would be given the opportunity only if they forfeit their desires to retire to the Senate. This decision did not go down well with governor Suswam who has not hidden his intent to go to the Senate, which has set him against former PDP National Chairman and Senator representing Benue North-East Senatorial District, Sen. Barnabas Gemade and also pitched him against the just resigned Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Chief Samuel Ortom, whose threat to decamp to the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), is believed to have prompted this new position.
It is gathered also that David Mark who is now believed to be working in cohorts with Gemade and Ortom had approached the president with the tussle in the state after Ortom’s widely publicised decamping to explain to President Goodluck Jonathan the dangers of loosing the former minister whose decamping would tilt the state’s fortune towards the APC.