Senatorial Elections: Suswam Set to Challenge Gemade in Court

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Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue vowed to challenge the results of the Benue North East Senatorial polls released on Monday by INEC in court on grounds of electoral malpractices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gemade defeated Suswam in the recently conducted National Assembly elections by a margin of over 22,000 votes to retain his seat in the National Assembly.

NAN reports that Gemade polled a total of 140, 715 votes while Suswam had 118,603 votes.

Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi, Suswam’s agent in the election, Solomon Wombo, accused the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Istifinus Dafwang, of partisanship.

Wombo, who is also the Special Adviser to the governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the REC displayed obvious partisanship when he excluded the PDP in most decisions during the election.

He accused the REC of allowing the APC to convey result sheets to Makurdi without agents of the PDP, thereby allowing them the opportunity to manipulate figures.

” When the the REC took the decision to change the collation centre for the constituency from Katsina-Ala to Makurdi, he never told the PDP but relayed the decision to the APC.

“When we complained that results in four council wards in Konshisha local government reflected more names than those actually accredited to vote, he did nothing, even when he took a decision on a similar matter in Logo local government area.

He said voters in nine council wards in Vandeikya local government council were disenfranchised for no obvious reason, yet the REC condoned the injustice.

Wombo also alleged that strongholds of the PDP were disenfranchised in the election while result sheets were mutilated and doctored to suit the whims of the APC.

“The behavior of the commissioner is questionable and suspicious; I had to ask him if he was an agent of the APC and whether he had personal issues with the governor,” Suswam said.

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