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Jang’s successor: Bickering over PDP primaries alter calculations in Plateau

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primaries in Plateau State have been concluded with candidates emerging for all posts available for the 2015 general elections.

While some are happy with the outcome of the exercises, reactions are still trailing the governorship primaries, which saw Senator GNS Pwajok emerging as the winner.

14 aggrieved governorship aspirants kick


Shortly after the exercise, some aspirants, who contested with Pwajok including Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, Dr. Haruna Dabin, Professor Sonny Tyoden, Senator Victor Lar, Arc. John Alkali, Engineer Jimmy Cheto and Apostle Chris Bature on behalf of others described the exercise as a “show of shame.”

The aggrieved aspirants petitioned the National Headquarters of the party calling for the cancellation of the exercise and a new date for fresh primaries, insisting that the process was flawed and government “manipulated it to favour its chosen candidate.”

Apart from the aspirants, some citizens especially from the Central and Southern zones are still bitter about the outcome of the exercise and not even the choice of Yilji Gomwalk from the Central Zone as Pwajok’s running mate has placated them.

CYRA, PYV endorse primaries

As the bickering continues with a reaction from the PDP National Secretariat being awaited, a pro-Pwajok group, the Coalition of Young Redemption Advocates, CYRA, has urged the PDP Governorship Appeal Panel to discountenance the aggrieved aspirants’ petition because Pwajok won the said election “resoundingly and indisputably.”

Addressing journalists in Jos, Redzie Jugo and Abubakar Kanam, the group’s Convener and Media Relations Officer, respectively, added the Electoral Panel was fair and transparent in all its actions.

“We have heard that a few days after PDP gubernatorial primaries, 12 out of the 16 aspirants petitioned the PDP Gubernatorial Appeal Panel with the view to discountenance the Plateau State PDP primaries.

We view this as a sad development because politics should be played without distortion of truth. We reject and collectively condemn the attempt by some politicians to score cheap political points.

“If the aggrieved aspirants did not believe in the process, why did they not leave the venue and declare it flawed? The electoral panel was fair and transparent in all their actions. We wish to urge the gubernatorial primaries appeal panel to discountenance the said petition in its totality as Senator GNS Pwajok won the contest resoundingly and indisputably. This fact should be respected and embraced by all true lovers of Plateau State, peace and democracy,” they said.


Similarly, Plateau Youth Vanguard (PYV) described the said primaries as transparent, free, fair and credible.

The group called on the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the National Working Committee (NWC) to ignore the petition because ‘’the election was transparent, free, fair and credible devoid of violence and chaos.”

Chairman of the group, Joel Demsak, in a press statement issued in Jos, described those calling for the cancellation of the primaries as crying foul because the process did not favour them.

MCSPS disagrees

However, another group, Movement for the Creation of South Plateau State, MCSPS disagreed and kicked against the emergence of Pwajok and called on the citizens of the state, in the interest of “justice, equity and fairness” to vote for a governorship candidate from any other political party, as far as he/she is from the Southern Senatorial zone of the state.



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