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11 May 2016

Suswam replies Akume 'Benue people made me governor, not you '

The Immediate past governor of Benue State, Dr Gabriel Suswam, yesterday told Senator George Akume that he did not make him governor but the people of Benue State.
Suswam, in a statement, said although he acknowledged Akume’s contributions to his emergence as governor in 2007, it was the people of Benue State and not Akume that made him governor.
Sen. Akume was reported to have said that he “regretted ensuring that Gabriel Suswam became Benue State Governor” stressing “I regret because I had no premonition that my successor would embezzle the state’s funds”.
The former governor was also quoted to have said his intention of making Suswam governor was in order to bring development to the state but was frustrated because of his (Suswam’s) corrupt activities in office.
But responding yesterday, Suswam, said it was wrong of Akume to arrogate to himself the authority of God almighty who alone elevates those he choses to positions of power and authority.
“Senator Akume is not God and therefore, he cannot claim to be the only person who solely determines what happens politically in Benue State,” Suswam stated.
He further described as unfounded, allegations by his predecessor, Sen. Akume that he used his office to help himself to the public till while serving as governor.
Suswam challenged his predecessor to list his achievements in office as governor so that the people of Benue State can compare between the two adding that Senator Akume was being haunted by his poor performance while he served as governor.
Suswam stressed that the allegation of “embezzlement” leveled against him by his predecessor was a political statement meant to diminish his high level of achievements in office.
“I am not a criminal. Senator Akume should note that I delivered on my mandate as Governor of Benue State by serving Benue people who voted me into office,” he said in the statement.
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