The Plateau Democratic Forum on Leadership ,an umbrella body of Plateau indigenes that are concerned with ensuring that Plateau State do not degenerate into a theater of war as the next political transition is approaching, has vowed to do everything humanly possible to resist any act of intimidation that would lead to all the gubernatorial aspirants being deprived of realizing their political ambition in the state.
The statement of the group which was signed by Gabriel Naanlong , Arin Bitrus and Christopher Choji representing the three senatorial zones of the state and made available to pressmen, frowned at some calculated strategies by the state Governor ,Dr Jonah David Jang to deprive aspirants from southern senatorial zone .
Some of the forum’s concern in this regard include recalcitrant attitude of the Governor towards the party (PDP), rejection of zoning among the three senatorial districts of the state ,endorsement of a Berom tribeman ,purported collation of illegal names of delegates and threat to used state police otherwise known as “operation Rainbow”.
The statement which copied the chairman PDP Plateau State, Plateau State Director of SSS, Commissioner of Police, drew their attentions to the impending doom ahead of forthcoming governorship primaries in the state if a Berom man wins the candidacy of the governorship on platform of the PDP.
The forum noted that Governor Jang was bent on frustrating the governorship aspirants from the southern zone of the party and the PDP as a party in the state.
According to the statement, Governor Jonah Jang has continuously refused to honour the decision of the national headquarters of the PDP to bring about reconciliation among the aggrieved party members and to welcome back the decampees into PDP in the state by refusing to receive the reconciliation committee which was constituted by the apex body of the party to woo its members who had hitherto left the party unceremoniously.
The forum in the statement hinted that the governor through the instrumentality of his position has rejected the zoning arrangement of governorship position entered into during previous administrations,
pointing out the governor’s attitude in this regard is tantamount to frustrating the legacy of Plateau political icon, the late Chief Solomon Daushep Lar .
Further more, the forum noted that the founding fathers of the zoning arrangement on the Plateau were not unmindful of the peculiarity of the multi-ethnic diversity of the state, pointing out that it was aimed at entrenching equity, justice, fairness, for the promotion of unity and inter-ethnic cooperation.
Hence any acts of the governor based on tribal sentiments should be restricted with all sense of patriotism.
They lamented that in view of the tribal politics being exhibited by Governor Jang, it will destroy sacrosanct commitment of the stakeholders on the Plateau on the altar of ethnic bigotry.
The forum recalled that by virtue of the zoning arrangement, the next governorship slot in the state was to be from the southern senatorial zone of the state.
The forum alleged that Governor Jang’s insistence on refusing to honour the zoning arrangement was to exchange governorship position with senatorial position from the northern zone which was to be to his favour because he is desirous to concede the governorship position to Senator GNS Pwajok and while Pwajok will in turn give him the senatorial seat.
The forum further alleged that the governor has commenced the collection of 57 names of delegations representing the 17 Local government to fast track winning the governorship primaries election for his choice candidate and to use the state police to intimidate and harass party members to enable them get away with the prearranged delegates’ lists .