• Suswam, Tarzoor on War Path
All is certainly not well with the Benue State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) since its loss to the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), in the just concluded general elections with tension gradually building within its ranks.
This is even as there are indications that there is strong disagreement between the party’s flag bearer in the just concluded governorship elections, Rt. Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor and the state governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, arising form the latter’s decision to challenge APC’s victory in court.
According to sources within the party, there is palpable tension as the two erstwhile political bed mates may be set for war against each other over the matter as Tarzoor is alleged to be crying betrayal by his boss.
The disagreement came to the fore when Tarzoor on deciding to challenge his loss at the tribunals, approached the state executive committee of the party to sign his petition to which they all declined, with the state chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo telling him that his alone in the suit.
This decision which was seen to have come from the governor to whom all the party’s executive owe allegiance was seen as a malicious attempt by the governor to further frustrate Tarzoor who was rumoured to have also been short changed by the governor during the election campaigns.
To further worsen the belief was the governor’s petition against his opponent, Sen. Barnabas Gemade after the party in the state had claimed it was not going to challenge any of its elections at the tribunal. Tarzoor and his team saw this as a malicious action.
Meanwhile it has also been revealed that the disagreement has even led to Tarzoor and his team which have formed a cabal Whithin the party to petition the state governor and the state executive committee to the National Working Committee alleging anti party activities.
According to our source revealed that part of the contents of the petition is Suswam’s alleged romance with the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. George Akume, who he has openly declared his support for his Senate Presidency campaign.
It is believed that the only reason delaying the investigation and hearing of the petition is the current crisis rocking the National leadership of the party and supporters front the Tarzoor camp are hopeful that on resolution of the crisis the party’s national discipline committee will look into the matter with a view to suspend or even expel the governor.