by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) party Governorship Forum says it has uncovered plans of imposition of a candidate, Nentawe Yilwada Goshen, and a member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam at the National Assembly, Yusfu Adamu Gagdi, respectively, by the State Governor, Simon Lalong, saying, it is unacceptable to them.
The 18 out of 21 Governorship Aspirants of the APC, led by Chairman of the Forum, Chief Amos Gizo, disclosed this, while briefing newsmen in Jos on Monday. He said they believe that, this act of “subverting democracy” has the express approval of the governor, just to deny the people’s choice and foist an unpopular person (against their preferred candidate), which will cause many misfortunes to the party.
According to the Forum, the Nentawe Yilwada Goshen has not totally disengagement himself from INEC as Resident Electoral Commissioner, and is yet to get his membership right with the APC.
The Forum stated that, “Since this matter became open in the public domain, the governor has remained silent over it. This means, silence is consent.”
The 18 aspirants urged the party leadership in the state to address immediately the use of the former adhoc delegates with amendment, which is totally objected by them and as major stakeholders of the Governorship Primary.
They also insisted that, an election must be held in all the 207 federal wards so as to come up with five delegates, of which two must be women, saying, the rumor of a concocted list of adhoc delegates is hereby objected by all of them.”
The Forum called on the State Chairman not to key into any act of derailment of their much-labored efforts, adding that, “by today, the state party leadership should place a list of returning officers for exercise of tomorrow where elected delegates will emerge.”
He acknowledge that members of the Legacy Pressure Group have the right to converse votes for their preferred aspirant, but they do not have the right to usurp the powers of the party in the state or try acts capable of turning the APC fortunes to misfortunes.
They all resolved that all of them shall join the consensus candidate in his campaign, saying, “And we shall contribute financially and otherwise to the success of APC in the state.”
Chief Gizo further noted with threat, that, “It shall put the state chapter into crisis, and we the 18 aspirants have vowed and agreed to dump the party with our teaming supporters for any party of our choice.”