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Published On: Thu, Apr 26th, 2018

Plateau govt urged not to mortgage citizens’ security for re-election bid

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From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain in Plateau state, Alexander Mwolwus, has admonished the Plateau government not to mortgage the security of citizens for its re-election bid.
Mwolwlus gave the charge on Tuesday in his Jos residence during a stakeholders meeting where he declared his intention to run for the position Senate in 2019 under the platform of PDP for the Plateau Central Senatorial District.
“What we are witnessing in Plateau in terms of attacks, killings of innocent souls and the neglects by the state government is a thing of concern to any patriotic citizen.
“We are of the feeling that Governor Lalong is looking away and keeping quite without telling the Presidency the truth simply because he is desperate about getting a second term in office in 2019.
“As one who is aspiring to contest the Plateau Central Senatorial District, my interest is to see how we can stand in the gab and bring some of these injustices being meted against us to lime light of federal government and the international community, ’’ the PDP stalwart said.
Mwolwus, who was the former Special Adviser (SA) to Ex-Governor Jonah Jang on Political Affairs, told the stakeholders that the meeting he called became necessary in view of his desire to run for the office of senate in 2019.
He lamented the inability of Pankshin Local Government to get the chance to send one of its citizens to represent the Central District at the senate since 1999.
According to him, “this time will be my fifth taking a shot at the senate. I am vehemently soliciting for your cooperation and support as stakeholders for me to emerge as candidate of the party for the 2019 NASS polls.’’
The PDP Chieftain stated that for the fact that eight of them within the zone were aspiring for the position under the PDP platform, he pleaded for intensive dialogue amongst them for his emergence as a candidate for the polls.
He said “for the fact that we are in the opposition, this time around, we need an experienced person that will represent the zone even as all of us –the aspirants, are credible and qualified personalities.’’
“We must rise above sentiments and see how we could rescue our zone and Plateau from the continuous attacks on our people particularly women and children, who are being killed innocently on daily basis.
“This insecurity problem and our peoples’ plights have propelled our elders in the zone to rise to the challenge at telling the whole world the incessant attacks and killings that are overwhelming us, ’’ he stated.
Responding, S.D. Kalamu, former PDP Publicity Secretary, Nanle Dashe, former Commissioner of Education under Jang and many others, promised Mwolwus their unalloyed support to actualize his dream of representing the zone at the senate in 2019.
Kalamu said that the development and progress of Plateau Central and the state as a whole, should be paramount to elected leader at all levels.
Contacted on Mwolwus’s allegations, Mark Longyen, Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Governor Simon Lalong on Media Affairs, debunked the claim.
“It is very unfair of Chief Mwolwus to accuse this government or governor of negligence for the simple reason that he is seeking for second term in office come 2019. What is it for then, the peace committee he (Governor) constituted and inaugurated recently?
“This Government has tried its best to ensure that the citizens are secured from any form of attack and live in peace for the desired economic growth and development of the state, ’’he said.

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