The Sankera United for Democracy and Development (SUDD) has threatened to initiate the recall of Senator Gabriel Suswam, representing Benue North East senatorial district of Benue state.
The group led by Engr. Edward Dugeri, adduced Suswam’s alleged lackadaisical attitude to the plight of Sankera people comprising Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala local government areas as basis for their resolve.
The group accused him of being aloof in the wake of insecurity even against the attempt on the life of the chairman of Katsina-Ala local government area.
Dugeri, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, Thursday, stated that consultation had been concluded ahead of the process to recall Suswam from the Senate.
“Our people cannot breathe anymore. The most disturbing aspect of this is the incontrovertible fact that our son, Senator Gabriel Suswam has endorsed this annihilation and emasculation of our people and land.
“To his satisfaction, he has maintained a vivacious silence. His absence in his immediate constituency of Sankera to address the people despite all that have happened is disturbing.
“Despite Sen. Suswam’s silence over happenings in Sankera, we felt the yuletide will provide a good opportunity for him to address the concerns of the killings and insecurity in his domain. The senator refused to visit Sankera to exchange gifts.
“He stayed in Makurdi and sent representatives to distribute his Christmas largesse. Not even the attack on the local government chairman of Katsina-Ala, Hon. Alfred Atera pulled him to Sankera,” they stated.
On the ban on use of motorcycles in Ukum and Katsina-Ala LGAs, SUDD accused Senator Suswam of selling the idea to the Benue state government and suggesting the two local governments only because of the seeming revolt against the senator from political actors from Ukum and Katsina-Ala.
“We have it on good authority that Sen. Suswam suggested the ban on the use of motorcycles in Ukum and Katsina-Ala to the Benue state government because he sensed that the people of these two local governments have resolved to gang up against his return to NASS in 2023.
“This ban has caused untold hardship to people, especially those who legitimately earn a living through ‘Okada’ business in the area. More hardship will be visited on our people when schools reopen. Curiously, Logo local government area where Suswam hails from has been exempted from the ban.”