By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Former Governor of Plateau State and serving Senator for Plateau north, Jonan Jang, yesterday submitted his expression of interest and presidential nomination forms at the Peoples Democratic Party office in Abuja, pointing out that he has the requisite experience and capacity to tackle the incessant killings by herdsmen in the country.
Jang, who submitted his forms to the National Organising Secretary of the party, Colonel Austin Akobundu, at the Wadata House of the party, equally vowed to ensure the restructuring of the country through necessary constitutional amendments if elected the president of Nigeria.
Jang, who was the elected governor of Plateau State between 1999 and 2007, further vowed to fight corruption frontally with a view to attracting investors, locally and internationally, to the country.
The representative of Plateau North Senatorial district in the National Assembly, made it pointedly clear that by his background as a retired military officer, ex-military administrator and former governor, he is well positioned to effectively tackle the problem of terrorism and senseless killings in the country.
He lamented the killings that have been visited on the people of the country, particularly those in the North East, pointing out that any government that is incapable of protecting its citizens certainly lacks legitimacy.
According to him, “Nigeria is fast becoming a pariah state. Killings are on the increase as our people have been suffering at the North East unabatedly. Any government that is not capable of solving the problems of its people, no doubt, lacks legitimacy”.
Jang insisted that the country needs to be restructured; stressing the nation needs proper power sharing among the various tiers.
Such restructuring, the senator said, can only come through proper legislative amendment as it cannot be decreed.
The presidential aspirant promised to revisit the report of national conference convened by former President Goodluck Jonathan to see which of the recommendations could be made use of.
He promised to seriously address the issue of corruption by empowering the anticorruption agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Corruption, to be able to work to international standards, rather than pursuing the opposition politicians in the country.
Jang further promised to work towards improving the falling standard of education, especially at the university level.