In order to “enhance development” of Benue state, the outgoing Governor Gabriel Suswam yesterday stated that he has decided to withdraw the suit challenging the election of Senator Barnabas Gemade.
Suswam had defeated Gemade in the PDP primaries for the Benue North East senate seat, causing Gemade to defect to the APC alleging that the PDP primary process was flawed. Under the APC platform, Gemade went on to defeat Suswam in the main elections in March.
Afterwards, Suswam filed a petition challenging the emergence of Gemade and alleged that the entire election was rigged, with connivance of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
But fielding questions from journalists yesterday at the dissolution of the state executive council at Government House Makurdi, Suswam announced his decision to discontinue with the court case saying that the development is in full consultation with Senator Gemade and relevant stakeholders.
According to him, there is no basis to continue with the case hence the interest of peace, harmony and rapid development. He said he has ordered his lawyers to withdraw it.
He said “Let me announce to you that I have ordered my lawyers to discontinue with my case against Senator Gemade. I have consulted very well with Senator Gemade with other relevant stakeholders and have resolved that I will not continue with the case in the interest of peace.”
He further stated that politics is a machinery of enhancing peace and development, rather than ignite crisis or nurture mischief. He debunked the insinuation that he has been induced to withdraw the suit against Gemade.