By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos – Former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has denied endorsing a gubernatorial aspirant, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang as well as his son, Yakubu Jang as his running mate ahead of the 2023 elections says dragging him and his family into the rumor is the height of mischief and amounts to wicked scheming on the part of politicians who do not wish well.
The former Governor said he believes that the crop of aspirants seeking to govern the state on the platform of the PDP are eminently qualified and the party should elect its candidate as it has done so far, without fear or let.
Jang in a statement issued and signed by his Media Consultant, Clinton Garuba on Wednesday in Jos said, “The attention of Senator Jonah Jang has been drawn to a publication on social media alleging that he has endorsed a candidate and “stated outrightly that they should go and deliver Mutfwang at the polls as that is his choice.”
“The said publication veiled in mischief alleges also that “Mutfwang had been made to sign an agreement to pick Yakubu Jang as deputy, with the hope that when the unfortunate happens with Mutfwang, Yakubu will take over the government. While we want to state categorically that Jang has made it clear that he is not endorsing any candidate, rather the people, who are the major stakeholders in any sane democratic set up will choose a candidate among equals.
“Senator Jang has watched how the primaries have been going on, in a free and fair mode and that the outcomes reflect the wishes of the people. Dragging the Jang family into the contest at this time is the height of mischief and amounts to wicked scheming on the part of politicians who wish to tarnish his hard-earned reputation. We are quick to recall that in 2019 it was alleged that Senator Jang supported the emergence of Senator J.T Useni to pave way for Yakubu to be his deputy (it turned out to be false as it never was). For the avoidance of doubt, Yakubu Jang is not seeking to be Deputy Governor and even if he were to be given the offer, he will decline it.
“It is unfortunate that people will go to the extent of wishing someone to be terminally ill just to score cheap political patronage. Like with the other primaries earlier held, Senator Jang believes that the delegates will elect those who will be in the best interest of the State. Senator Jang however calls on the people to discard the said publication as it is nothing but the handiwork of mischief makers, bent on tarnishing his image of and that of his family.”