Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, announced on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014, that there is no vacancy for the Benue South Senatorial seat presently occupied by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, saying “Our decision to return him to the Senate in 2015 is irrevocable”.
Foreclosing the hopes of likely aspirants to the seat, Governor Suswam said “we in Benue state have endorsed the candidature of Mark to return to the Senate. The position of Senator Mark is not contestable. We want him back and there is no question or argument about it”.
Addressing a crowded audience of Nigerians majority of whom were Benue indigenes at a book presentation “Suswam, Politics and Governance in Benue State” in Abuja on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014, Suswam maintained that “Mark’s senatorial seat is not contestable. Mark remains our choice. There is no vacancy to the seat he is currently occupying.”
The Governor noted that as the state is united behind president Goodluck Jonathan for 2015, so also “we are solidly behind Mark for the 2015 senatorial seat,” warning those who may have interest in the seat to think otherwise because there is no vacancy”.
According to the Governor, “the Senate President has performed creditably and it is only logical that we give him the needed support and encouragement to continue the good works in the upper legislative Chamber.”
In his remarks at the occasion, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who spoke through the Vice President Namadi Sambo, praised Governor Suswam’s giant strides in the state which he said transformed the state from once rural setting to entrepreneurial environment.
Jonathan noted that Benue state remains the agricultural hub of Nigeria and one of the most peaceful states in the country making progress.
Also Speaking, Senate President, Senator David Mark said that beyond infrastructure development of the state under Suswam, one of his greatest achievements is the peace and unity between and among the various ethnic groups in the state.
He noted that the Governor is a man of honour who stands for the truth , justice and fairness as captured in the book.