By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
Benue Peoples Democratic Party Youth Coalition (BYC) has described as untrue, media publications that the antics of former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam almost prevented Benue delegates from voting for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP.
The body in a statement signed by its Chairman, Hon. Bem Aondona and Secretary, James Oteikwu and made available to newsmen yesterday, stated that claims may have been orchestrated by politicians who are afraid of Suswam’s credentials and have resorted to campaign of calumny and urged members of the public, particularly those in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to ignore it.
“We condemn the attempt by Josephine Wanshima and her sponsors to destroy the hard earned image of His Excellency, Gabriel Suswam who have spent the better part of his life building the PDP, not only in Benue State but by the country as a whole.
“It is on record that the choice by the former governor, as a leader of integrity who chose to stand with the PDP even after the party lost power since 2015 and attracted intimidation, victimisation and blackmail and therefore his traducers should leave him alone as he does not deserve to be treated in the manner he is being portrayed.
“We also condemn the evolving trend of ‘pull down’ syndrome being done to Suswam now which has been the bane of Benue state since the state was created in 1976 as that has not led it anywhere.
“We urge Nigerians, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization, the PDP family in Benue State and the entire Benue population to ignore the claims made by Wanshima as they were baseless and unfounded.
“The Gabriel Suswam we know have high regards for His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and will not hesitate to mobilize en masse Benue people to vote for him in 2019.”