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Why We Want The PDP To Clear Governor Silva - Suswan

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The Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, has explained why he and his colleagues in the PDP are insisting that Bayelsa State governor, Timi Silva be allowed to contest the November 19 primaries. According to him, the move is an exercise in self-preservation, because if this could happen to Sylva, any member of the forum could also be affected in future.

The forum had set up a five-man committee to meet with the president and the party's leadership on that purpose.

PDP had released the names of cleared aspirants in two batches and had left out the names of the incumbent governor, former Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Timi Alaibe and former Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ben Murray Bruce, all whom were considered as front runners in the race.

Those cleared for the contest so far include Oruta Justine Boloubo, Henry Seriake Dickson, Enai Christopher Fullpower, Kalango Michael Youppele, Doukpala Francis Amaebi, Ekiyegha Fred Korobido and Austin Febo.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, the Benue State governor explained that governors wanted a resolution of the matter and were awaiting the outcome of the meetings between the five-man committee, Jonathan and the leadership of the PDP.


“They haven't come back to brief us and so, I will say as I stand here that I am not very competent to conclusively comment on it until the committee which we set up among the PDP governors, they have actually met with the party; they are expected to meet with the President as well. Once they do those meeting and brief us; then any of us can comment on the outcome of what is happening in Bayelsa.”

ended up not being cleared to contest the PDP primaries, Suswam said that the necessary thing would be done when the time comes.

“We will cross the bridge when we get there. We haven't gotten to that level. As a party, and as a disciplined party, that is why we at the PDP Governors' Forum, we nominated a committee of five to meet with the party.

“And so, we believe that we are dialoguing on the matter and when we get to where you have mentioned, we will cross the bridge. We haven't gotten to that yet. We are still talking,” he stated.