After two terms, 69-year old Gemade says he will seek reelection into Nigerian Senate in 2019
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The senator representing Benue North East district in the Nigerian Senate, Barnabas Gemade has indicated that he would seek reelection in the coming 2019 general elections.
Gemade, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, made this known in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, while speaking to journalists.
He said his record of achievements and score card in the Senate in the last seven years placed him on a good stead to clinch the ticket of his party in the primaries and defeat his opponent in the coming election.
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He dismissed insinuations that the ticket had been zoned to the Kwande axis of his constituency, stressing that the assertion was wrong and unattainable.
His words: “It has always been the turn of Kwande since I started contesting election to the Senate. I started contesting election to the senate from 2007 which I lost. At the time I contested with a candidate from Kwande. I contested in 2011 which I won and I contested in 2015 and I won.
“At no time did my election go opposed. And there was no time during those elections that no Kwande person contested. So, nobody can come and chose a particular time and say this is our time. It has always been their turn just like it has always been other people’s turn.
“If it is not your turn you sit down and allow those who it is their turn to go, but they have always contested. So it has always been Kwande’s turn. I am contesting and my score card is so large and convincing enough for my people to want me back at the Senate.”
He stated that in his first tenure in the state, he delivered over 140 projects in his constituency, and distributed over 2,000 items for his constituents.
“In this my second tenure I have already done over 160 projects in my constituency, these include schools, clinics, skills acquisition centres water projects, motorized solar powered boreholes, electricity projects, solar light projects, roads and whatever benefits there is that I had to bring to my people I have given them,” he added.
Gemade, 69, is the chairman Senate committee on works and a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.