Suswam replies Bafarawa, says senators are not in the Senate because of greed

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Former governor of Benue state, Dr. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, says that he was prompted to aspire to the nation’s highest law making Chamber by the desire to serve his people and the country better, and not driven by greed.

Suswam, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, was reacting to a statement credited to the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, where he was quoted as saying that his former colleagues who aspired to the Senate after serving as governors for eight years were greedy.

The Senator representing Benue NorthEast at the Red Chambers stated that instead of being seen as people driven by greed to seek elections to the Senate, Nigerians should rather see them from the standpoint of those who have acquired requisite knowledge and experience to take informed decisions on critical national issues.

Suswam further argued that seeking Senatorial office after serving as a State governor was neither a mark of political retrogression nor greed on the part of the affected individuals.

His words: “No, I don’t think so because a state is a sub-region of the country. This is the Federal Government, so we are here doing federal jobs. And so, there are national issues that need to be addressed. Most of these issues cannot be addressed at the state level.

“In the Senate here, national issues are brought to the floor. So, I don’t agree with His Excellency, the former governor of Sokoto State, that it is greed that drives former governors to come to the Senate; neither do I see it as a mark of political retrogression on their part.”