By Peter Duru

MAKURDI—As different ethnic groups continue to lay claim to their rights to produce the next governor of Benue State in 2015, Governor Gabriel Suswam has said Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elders and members of caucus in the state would decide who succeeds him.

Suswam said the elders’ committee of the party in the state would soon be constituted in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution to start the selection process.

He spoke, weekend, as a PDP chieftain in the state, Chief Baba Odangla, said at Otukpo that it was the turn of Idoma to produce the next governor of the state.

Speaking at the flag-off of the party’s campaign for the forthcoming local government elections in the state at the Benue South District, Odangla noted that the Idoma ethnic group had not produced any governor of the state since its creation, adding that other ethnic groups should allow the area to produce the governor in 2015 for equity and justice to prevail.

Odangla said: “The only thing I have to say in my capacity as the national chairman of the Pan Idoma socio-cultural association, Opiatoha K’ Idoma, is that equity and fairness demands that Benue South should produce the next governor of Benue State.”

“Idoma people are an integral part of Benue State. It is repugnant to natural justice and good conscience, and somewhat illogical for the Tiv people to continuously produce the governor of the state.”

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