by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in plateau has stated that, only three Professors bought their forms for the October 31 Plateau South Senatorial Bye-election.
This was revealed by the party’s chairman, Chief Letep Dabang, in an interview granted to NAN online recently in Jos.
Chief Dabang gave the names as, Professors Nora Daduut, Emmanuel Garba and Doknan Sheni, while stating that, “If there are other aspirants that will come later, I am yet to be aware; but these are the ones that picked the forms, because the party’s executive does not have a role to play at this stage; ours is to advise the aspirants,” said Letep.
But, in a sharp reaction on the statement made by Chief Dabang, one Jimmy Nanyak Lar expressed his disappointment over the APC Chairman, describing it as an “irresponsible statement” made by a political leadership in recent times.
He said, the APC website reveals that five aspirants from Plateau State are vying for the Plateau South ticket, and they are, Nanven Nimfel, Damian Shekaru, Nora Daduut, Emmanuel Garba and Doknan Sheni; but simply because both the Plateau State Government and the APC leadership in the state have an understanding with the 3 professors, they have decided to embark on a “smear campaign” by “ostracizing” Nanven Nimfel and Damian Shekaru from the list of Senatorial Aspirants.
According to the statement, he (Jimmy Nanyak Lar) is also aware that, in their desperation, they have embarked on what he termed as “shuttle diplomacy” to the traditional leadership and governors in the far north; “And I also know that the other 2 professors are just moles that will step down before the Sept. 3 primaries.
“For the avoidance of doubt, both Hon. Nanven Nimfel and Barr. Damian Shekaru have paid the mandatory N7m and collected the expression of interest and nomination forms, filled and returned them to the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, and are ready for screening either today or tomorrow. In fact, Nanven Nimfel was the first to fill and return his forms,” Jimmy Lar stated.
He observed that, “For someone to try to warm himself back to the governor’s bosom using the present situation, to say the least, is not only preposterous but also irresponsible. Let the party leadership be seen to be transparent.”
The statement further accused Chief Letep Dabang for refusing to call for any state stakeholders’ meeting since May, 2019, despite a myriad of issues at hand, and is the same person saying he wants to brief the southern plateau stakeholders on the way forward.