by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The five (5) man committee led by Dr. Ibrahim Umar, saddled with the responsibility of screening aspirants for Plateau’s southern senatorial zone, has cleared its entire five aspirants vying for the senatorial position at the by-election, following the death of Senator Ignatius Longjang of the southern senatorial zone.
Aspirants from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who comprise of four local government areas, include Quan-Pan and one from Mikan local government areas of the zone and primaries are scheduled for Saturday next week at Shendam the Headquarters of the southern senatorial zone.
The Southern Zone has 6 local government areas, which include Shendam, Quan-Pan, Mikang, Wase, Langtang South and Langtang North.
This was an effort by the party to meet with the INEC guidelines and deadline for the 31st October for the secondary election in the southern zone.
Some of the aspirants, while expressing satisfaction after the process, said, “PDP is well organized when it comes to showcasing real democratic process,” adding, “some political parties, whose-trade-in-stock is imposition, are busy perfecting their craftiness to truncate the ambition of some vibrant aspirants for the fear that they may not be willing to summit their exulted positions, come 2023.
According to them, “That means, unless the choice of the week will perfect their plans for the hatchet job for a man’s ambition, comes 2023, in that regards.
Our correspondent gathered that, all the other aspirants are willing to rally round whosoever picks the PDP ticket, so as to resettle power from the “experts of imposition,” even when the voting public are not oblivious of happenings and are obviously willing to vote them out of power as they trust in horses and chariots due to their undemocratic tendencies and lack of focus in governance as witnessed from top to bottom.
Those contesting from the PDP primaries are, Bar. Phillips Nyitni; RT Hon. Mike Dapialong – a onetime speaker of the State House of Assembly; Hon. Chrysantus Dawan; Hon. Jafaru Mohammed Damulak, all from Quan-Pan, and RT Hon. George Edward Daika from Mikang, also a onetime speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
Our correspondent learned that, the party respects their pedigree because they have all been tested and trusted both in politics and many fields of endeavors and have come out with “stainless flying colours.”
“We in PDP are definitely proud of our own product, as the worst of our party product is better than the best of other parties. Consequently, the unity of the party remains the secret bedrock of winning the contest.”
In a similar development, the Plateau State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) holds its State Elective congress on Saturday, the 29th day of August, 2020.
The congress, which is for the election of officials into the State Executive council Committee of the party, will hold at Lang Field, Rayfield Jos.
A statement, signed and issued to newsmen in Jos, by John T. Akans, a Member of the state caretaker committee, said accredited delegates and journalists to the Congress are directed to come to the venue wearing face-masks and observing all COVID-19 preventive measures.
The party further directs that non-delegates and observers stay away from the venue of the Congress, in line with COVID-19 requirements for physical distancing.