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Former PDP Governorship Aspirant, Samuel Abashe, joins APGA party

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Samuel Abashe

PLATEAU STATE – A onetime Governorship Aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Abashe, has resigned his membership from the PDP, alongside his supporters to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party.

Mr. Samuel Abashe, who has declared his intention to contest for the Governorship Seat of APGA in Plateau State, said when given the opportunity to serve the State, he will ensure the effective utilization of early warning signals and to ensure that response teams are out in place as well as ensure that various reports of panels of inquiry into the insecurities bedeviling the state will be made public and the recommendations contained therein would be effectively implemented.

He stressed that, his areas of priority will be on security, education, job creation to tackle unemployment and the healthcare system in the State, observing thus: “What is contributing to the insecurity is lack of jobs, and the insecurity we are talking about has rippled effect on our educational system. 

“When you don’t have a good quality public education, people come out half-baked and no jobs. My priority will be to create job opportunities, open the right institutions vocational training centres to build the young people; and all these can be achievable when you have effective tax mechanism that will give confidence to citizens of the State to pay tax, knowing full well that it will still come back to them.

“Citizens should just be sincere in paying their taxes and so many things will be made available for their benefit and for the development of the State,” he noted.

Mr. Abashe buttressed that, his decision to move to his “new home” is born out of the party’s ideology as he is set to flag the party’s guber ticket in Plateau State in the forthcoming general elections in the State and the country at large.

The ex-PDP man, who is retired United Nations Military Officer, said, if given the opportunity to serve the state, his focus will be on the security of the state and its citizenry, education and the healthcare sector as his top priority.

According to him, he found out that APGA is a party that is based on ideology, unlike other parties, saying, “Today, this is where I belong to. I have moved from the PDP to APGA and I am coming out again seeking for the position of the Governor of Plateau State under APGA.

He said, “There are parties that have zoning arrangements, and I will advise they stick to their ‘gentleman agreement.’ I am in a party that works purely with credibility of a candidate and that is where my aspiration and, possibly, my candidature is.

He noted that, before coming to APGA, he realized that there is a lot of work to be done and it’s about credibility, not party issues. “If there is a credible candidate behind a party, it makes it popular,” he said, adding that, “I have moved alongside my structure from PDP across the 17 local government areas of Plateau, and we have APGA across the Council areas,” he stated. The APGA Governorship Aspirant

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