Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Benue North-East 2015: Tongues wag as Suswam, Ugba ‘unite’ [PHOTO]

There are indications that the Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam and his ‘archrival’, Steve Ugba have reconciled.

Ugba and Suswam have been at loggerheads since 2011 after the latter floored the former at the governorship election in the state.

Ugba went to court to challenge Suswam’s victory but again the incumbent defeated him.

However, the opposition attributed the victory to bribery and power of the incumbency.

Suwam and Ugba, who contested on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, now All Progressives Congress, APC, became sworn enemies after the latter’s efforts to remove him from seat met brick walls.

However, tongues were sent wagging last weekend during a public function where both met and shared a warmed embrace.

Sources said the ‘sworn enemies’ took time to greet themselves and spoke at lenght on ‘certain issues.’

“I think this is the first time since 2011 the governor and Ugba would be this close. I am sure there is more to it, but we’ll fold our arms and watch as events unfold,” the source who was at the event told this reporter.

DAILY POST reports that Suswam, whose tenure ends in 2015 is vying for the Benue North-East senatorial seat currently occupied by Barnabas Gemade.

There were indications that the governor was planning to defect to the APC should Gemade floor him at the primaries.

Suswam’s predecessor, George Akume, now a serving senator of Federal Republic also dumped the ruling party in 2007 for the defunct ACN after his tenure elapsed.

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