By Taye Obateru
Jos â€”Â Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to contest next yearâ€™s presidential election, saying merit should take precedence over zoning in the politics of the country.
He stated this yesterday while receiving a delegation of Mupun people from Pankshin Local Government Area who paid him a thank-you visit.
According to the governor, time had come for Nigeria to outgrow the zoning system in politics and accord ability to deliver greater importance.
He said merit would guarantee good governance and serve as an impetus for a lasting democracy.
He urged the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to allow the best candidate to emerge for next yearâ€™s election irrespective of tribe, religion or place of origin.
Jang said the people of Plateau State would support the president if he decides to contest, adding: â€œWe agree with those who are calling on the president to contest.â€
He commended the Mupun people for their contributions to the development of the state in various areas, urging them to sustain the drive.
Leader of the delegation, the Mishkom Mupun, Da Nuhu Dashwep and the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Istifanus Mwansat, thanked the governor for witnessing the cultural festivalÂ in the area recently and pledged continuous support to his administration.