An overview of two “elephants” contest.
by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The forthcoming bye-election of the Southern Senatorial District, which comes up on October the 31st, 2020, is a day that the people of the zone will make a choice for who to represent them at the National Assembly.
On the said date, the people will have the opportunity to vote for a replacement of the position of late Senator Ignatius Datong Longjan (of blessed memory).
This contest is a two-horse race – between a sound academic and a seasoned Legislator. If it were an academic paper presentation at Harvard or any Ivy league university, Professor Daduut would naturally take the space, but on this matter it is legislation and, whoever their votes bring on board will be referred to as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Representing the Southern Zone.
Also, George Edward Daika would have been called “Mr,” “Sir,” “Chief” or “Miskom” by virtue of experience and mandate or political career, but has remained “Right Honourable.”
This race is for the people of Shendam, Qua’anpan, Mikang, Wase, Langtang North and Langtang South to either make a choice that will add a voice to the one Senator I.D. Gyang, Esq., who is raising in the Red Chamber, or bring a novice that would be a gum Senator for the remainder of the tenure because the National Assembly has gone past orientation days.
On his part, Rt. Hon. George Edward Daika knows legislation. He was at the Plateau State House of Assembly as Member-cum Speaker and, at the Green Chamber as House of Representatives Member. This legislator understands the power of lobbying and has the architecture of the National Assembly on his palms; that’s why he’s even an Aide to a Delta state legislator.
He also contested governorship election in 2015. Keep the man, who is already in the National Assembly there, for effective and result-driven representation.