By Peter Duru
MAKURDI — Governor Gabriel Suswam’s senatorial campaign organization, has accused Senator Barnabas Gemade of reneging on the single term agreement he entered with constituents of Benue North East senatorial district thereby over-heating the polity by his 2015 re-election bid.
However, Senator Gemade, has denied entering into a single term agreement with the constituents, advising anyone with any written proof to that effect to make it public.
Secretary General of the organization, Mr. Terfa Abuur, in a statement, yesterday, in Makurdi, the state capital, said the people of the district in agreement with all major political stakeholders supported and voted senator Gemade in 2011 on the premise of that agreement.
According to Abuur, “when in 2007, the senate position was zoned to Jerchira, where Chief Gemade comes from; Senator Joseph Akaagerger won it and did the first term while Senator Gemade took over in 2011 to complete their turn in 2015. I vividly recall that in 2010, while literally begging round the seven Local Governments that make up the North-East senatorial district, and especially, in Kwande Local Government, Senator Gemade promised to do only a term at the National Assembly in order to complete their turn.”