Governor Jona Jang
As the Plateau North senatorial by-elections draws closer Governor David Jang of the state has threatened to sack any political appointees in his government in the six local government areas of the zone, who fails to ‘deliver’ his ward and local government councils to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, adding that to whom much is given much is expected.
The candidate of the PDP is Gyang Nyam Pwajok (aka GNS Pwajok), a former Chief of Staff to Jang, who recently resigned to bear the flag of the party.
Jang, who gave the threat on Tuesday during the parties rally for the elections at Barkin Ladi LGA, stressed that the PDP cannot afford to lose the election to the opposition.
He emphasized the imperativeness of winning the election, adding that members of the party must do everything to ensure that PDP was on top during the election.
The governor also used the rally to appeal to electorates to vote massively for PDP candidate in the Saturday election.
The state Chairman of the party, Dr. Haruna Dabin, on his part said the party reserves bountiful rewards for all that would ‘deliver’ their ward and polling units to PDP.
He said that the awards are in two categories; first, for highest number of votes, and second, for delivery polling units.
Meanwhile, Jang received the former Minister of Sports and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) governorship candidate in the 2011 election, Hon. Damishi Sango, and his running mate, Michael Dapilong, into the party.
Others, who were received, are the former federal member representing Shendam, Mikang and Quanpan, Hon. George Daika, former permanent secretary in federal service and one time governorship candidate of Action Congress of Democracy (ACD), Mr. Samuel Galadima, former chairman of Riyom LGA Mrs. Mary Dang.
While receiving them, Jang said PDP has proven to be a party that cannot be pushed aside by any political party, adding that the party was ready to receive more returnees as long as they are humble and are willing to work for the interest of the party.
Speaking on behalf of the returnees Sango said they are coming to PDP not to make trouble but to add value to the party.
He said the crisis in the state is one of the reasons that informed their decision to come back to the party and to see how they can proffer advice and to work together with Jang in order to put an end to crises in the state.
According to him, the giant strides of Jang also wooed them back to the party and to contribute their quota towards the development of the state, as the state is bigger than an individual.
Meanwhile, Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights has called on electorate not to sell their right to politicians in the election, adding that what should inform their choice of candidate should be good representation in the Senate.
In a press statement signed by the director of the centre, Mr. Gad Peter, appeal also went to religious leaders to enjoin their followers to conduct themselves peacefully and not allow themselves to be used by politicians for troubles during the election.