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PDP’s Five aspirants cue-up for senatorial seat at Plateau’s forthcoming by-election

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Following the announcement of a date for the conduct of bye election in the southern senatorial zone of Plateau State by INEC, as a result of the death of Senator Ignatius Longjang, five aspirants are contesting from the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming Plateau South senatorial by-election.

The State chairman of the PDP, Hon. Yakubu Chocho, disclosed this on Monday in Jos that, all the five contestants were credible personalities that had served humanity with distinction in different capacities.

He said, those vying for the ticket include: Mr George Daika and Mr Mark Dapyenglong, both former speakers of Plateau House of Assembly; Mr Jafaru Damulak, Mr Philip Nentyep and Mr Chrisantus Dawap.

He noted that, “There were supposed to be as many as possible but, based on interventions and understanding, the number reduced, and we are left with five contestants.

“In compliance with the directive of our party’s National Secretariat to prepare for the primaries, I invited all the contestants for the senate seat in the southern zone for a discussion.

“We had a fruitful meeting with them last Sunday on the way forward, and we assured them that everybody will be given a level playing ground and nobody will be shortchanged in the primaries,” he stated.

The chairman assured that all will be given equal opportunities to woo and convince delegates to vote for them, and urged the contestants to team-up with whoever wins the primary to ensure that the party wins the senatorial election.

He expressed optimism that the party had clear chances and, by the grace of God, would win the election, adding that, “the days that PDP won every election in the state are coming back.

“If you recall, PDP had won elections and represented the southern, central and northern senatorial districts at the National Assembly.

“We are aware of the great expectations of the people of Plateau on us to move the state to a higher level of development and greatness,” he stated.

He assured all members of “total victory” for the party, starting from October’s senatorial by-election, and appealed to all leaders, critical stakeholders and members “to come together and work for the common good of our people, irrespective of individual interests.”

It could be recalled that, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had slated the senatorial by-election for Oct. 31, and scheduled party primaries to hold between Aug 24 and Sept, 2020.

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