*SAYS WITHOUT PDP PARTICIPATION LG POLL IS FUTILE
By James Ibechi
Former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam did not believe that allegation bordering gunrunning and other crimes which exhibits were found in his home occasioned his arrest and detention.
Instead, he blamed his woes on a conspiracy against him.
His words: “…. My ordeal was a conspiracy to bring me down but I’m much more stronger.”
The ex-governor recently spoke at the burial of late Zaki Aben Yagba Atim Tsav “tyoor u Turan” at Turan Gaambe Logo Local Government Area of the state.
But in another breathe Suswam said his detention was an act of God, urging his supporters to “not glorify or crucify anyone.”
“Don’t glorify anyone over my detention, my detention was a divine intervention. God actually wanted to speak to me and that was the only way I could be reached and that was why I was detained.
” While there, I actually spoke to God and I’m happy you all remained firm and steadfast despite the challenges you all faced while I was in detention. I know many were almost slacking just as the story of the Israelites and Moses.
” When God asked Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, there were times he was invited to the mountain for physical interface with God, that’s what happened to me.
” I was called to the mountain by God, I’m back for better. My ordeal was a conspiracy to bring me down but I’m much more stronger. Because of all of you here I’m not weighed down. I’m much more committed to speak the truth,” he said.
Commenting on the forthcoming local government election in the state, the ex-governor said any local government poll without the participation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will amount to an exercise in futility.
“There can’t be any election in the state if the Peoples Democratic Party is not fielded and if the government of the day insists on going on ignorantly with the elections, then it will be an exercise in futility,” he said.
According to him, “the crisis at the national level of the PDP has no bearing on the state structures of the party across the country, just as the appeal court in Port Harcourt has rightly delivered.”