Benue governorship ticket: Substitution of Biem with Hwande not for parochial interest-SDP

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), has cleared the air that the decision of it’s National Working Committee (NWC) to substitute Hon. Hingah Biem, who officially won the party’s governorship primaries in Benue State, was not based on any parochial interest.

The NWC had substituted Biem with Dr Hwande Terungwu Steven,a former governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).

According to the National  Leaders of the party, the replacement was strategized to ensure the party wins the governorship seat in the state at all cost in the coming election.

The National Secretary, Alhaji  Shehu Gabam stated this when he received  Benue Youth Paliament, that were at the National Secretariat of the SDP, Maitama, Abuja to register their support and satisfaction over the partys decision on the matter, Thursday.

Gabam said the party was greatly concerned about the people of Benue and took the decision in their best interest.

He explained that the decision was not intended to victimize or shortchange the former Benue governorship candidate.

The National Secretary further explained that it was a strategy employed to ensure that the party wins the Governorship seat in Benue in 2019.

“The decision of our party is not based on parochial interest but, for the overall interest of the party and the people.
“We believe that it was a strategy taken not to shortchange anybody. We are all one people. We want to ensure that our party win Benue goverment in 2019, not to victimize anybody,” he said.

He appealed to the youths to be united and work as a team to deliver the state in the coming elections.

Gabam affirmed that SDP has no faction, charging the youths: “to ensure that you strengthen the party and avoid anything that breach security.”

The Deputy National Chairman of the SDP, Dr. Abdul Isiaq, who was among the team of leaders that received the youths, commended their conduct.

He noted that the Social Democratic Party is a discplined party that stands for justice, equity and fairness.

He explained that the party is not in contention with Biem, who he described as a very respectable member of the SDP.

Dr. Isiaq corroborated Gabam’s explaination that the decision to subtitute Biem is a strategy to win the next governorship election in the state.

“When we are doing political calculations, zoning and all these things, it is to ensure that we win.
“What is happening here is a victory to all of us. Benue State will give us a goverment in 2019,” he said.

Earlier while stating the reason for their visit,the Speaker, Benue SDP Youth Paliament,Hon.Alaka Donald said the entire Benue youths were in support of the party’s decision for the replacement.

Donald told the National Leaders that they were at the secretariat on a solidarity visit to inform the party they were in support of the replacement of the governorship candidate of the party in Benue State.

“Our coming here is to make our view popularly known to you that we the Benue youths and the entire Benue Youth Parliament will stand by that decision and are in support of the candidature of Dr Steve Hwuande as the gubernatorial aspirant for SDP Benue State,” he said.

The Benue Youth Speaker said Benue State has suffered a lot of political injustice because the youths have been left behind automatically in issues of good governance.

“This has made the state to suffer a lot of challenges.
We therefore, believe that with the replacement, if Dr Hwande is elected in 2019 as the governor of Benue State, Benue Youth will not remain the way they are, but there will be massive change and transformation interms of socio, political and economic achievement.

“We want to give our 100 percent assurance to the leadership of our party that we are not going to leave any stone unturned to ensure that this young man emerge as the governor of Benue State in 2019,” he added.

Speaking also, the Chairman of Chairman, Benue, Comrade Nasha Naris, said the decision taken by the party’s NWC, is a democratic decision based on merit.

He explained that:”The 23 local Government Councils of Benue State and the 275 wards of Benue State, after the recent primaries, duly resolved that after substantial consultation with stakeholders of the Tivs and Idomas who make up the state, there is a quest that if we want a leadership that will move Benue forward, regarding the 16 years of the leadership of the APC and PDP, there must be a substitution of who can deliver the will of the people of Benue.”

The Chairman of Chairmen, described Dr. Hwande as a humble man who respect people and have rendered selflessly services in the state.

He said Huwande believes in Benue moving forward and therefore,should come on board.

According to him, the decision of the NWC have since been embraced by all Benue people as it was greeted with massive jubilation in Benue South and in Zone A and Zone B of the state.

“It is not just a clamour but based on a man that has the merit to lead the Benue people in 2019. The state has achieved a lot from Dr Hwande in the past and presently,and he is a hardworking man,” he added.


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