In a gesture of goodwill to opposition parties following his victory at the recent gubernatorial poll in Benue state, Governor Gabriel Suswam has proposed to opposition parties in the state to join in an inclusive government that will fast-track his development agenda for the state.
Suswam revealed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja over the weekend.
"I have proposed an inclusive administration in Benue State. The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) is willing. 14 other parties are willing and have congratulated me. There are those who are not willing and this is normal," Suswam stated.
Refusing to accept the speculation that the last general elections have divided Benue State, Suswam , who conceded that one could not have everything , stated that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was clearly the dominant political platform in the state,"Out of the 28 House of Assembly seats in the state, the PDP won 20; out of the three senatorial seats , we won two and out of the 11 House of Representatives seats, the PDP won eight ," he further revealed.
Giving an insight into why he won the 2011 governorship poll, Suswam stated that he worked closely with the rural populace. "We delivered impactful programs and these folks appreciated it. Never mind the few elites staying in towns who speculated that I would not return," he stated.
In his assessment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Suswam commended the electoral body but said that: "The problems have always been with us the politicians. The main problem is the politicians who want to win elections by all means."
He added that he will make poverty reduction as well as economic empowerment of the people of Benue his priority within his second term in office.