by Christians Gokyo, Jos
A member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, has called on Nigerians to emulate his constituency, which though populated with “more than 70% Christian electorates,” he as a Muslim was elected as the representative, indicating that there is tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the constituency.
He made this observation, while speaking during a party with youths in his Constituency recently in Jos, adding that, “Every political party has leadership: Lalong is the leader of the APC in Plateau State and leader of the APC in Northern Nigeria – being the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum. As Governor, he is the symbol of leadership, and anybody conscious of the development of Plateau should not be separated from continuity.”
Hon. Gagdi stressed that, they need continuity to continue with the APC programme in the State and, as his ardent supporter, he is waiting for Governor Lalong to finish the consultation and give them directive.
He assured that, “Gagdi will be at the centre of it, and we will make sure, through the will of God, that we have a governor that determines and decides, who succeeds him on the Plateau.” He appealed to supporters to follow his footsteps and support his choice.
Speaking on the peaceful coexistence in his constituency, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi said, “Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam is a good example of the American democracy in Nigeria. My constituency is controlled by more than 70% Christian electorates, and I am a Muslim. I was elected by Christians.
Where do you see that in the whole of Nigeria? It is only in PKK that you see that both Christians and Muslims don’t trust their leaders, based on any sentiments – be it religion or ethnicity.
“They choose leaders, based on their capacity to deliver. PKK is one of the federal constituencies that have proved to be a ‘mini America’ in terms of democracy.”
The Member also stated that, “Only the candidate chosen by Governor Simon Lalong would be supported to succeed the governor in 2023, saying, “The governor would consult widely with relevant stakeholders and bring out an acceptable candidate that would not be rejected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) party as well as the people of the State.”
It could be recalled that since the inception of democratic rule, no governor in the State has ever installed a successor. Attempts by former Governors Joshua Dariye and Jonah Jang to bring successors were unsuccessful. Pundits think that the current governor may not break the jinx.